Remember in Mark Chapter 6, when Jesus sent out His twelve disciples to preach that people should repent? There was always this one part that stood out to me in that passage. It is in verse 7.
“Calling the twelve to Him He began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits” – Mark 6:7
Now, I know we are to share the Good News. It is a wonderful way to serve Jesus, and something I personally really want to do effectively. I want others to look at me and see Him in my words and conduct. I want Heaven to fill up, for more people to turn to Him, and for so many more to repent. I know what He has done in my life. He has completely made me new, so I know what He can do in other’s lives as well. I want the Good News to spread like wildfire. And with that being said, Jesus sending His disciples out in twos always catches my attention. Because I would have sent them out by themselves. In doing so, more ground could have been covered in spreading and sharing the Good News in my opinion. But I am not Jesus, and I feel like it is important to know that He sent them out two by two.
In Genesis 2:18, God said that it is not good for man to be alone. This resulted in Him creating Eve. And all too often I have heard others use this verse to prove that their soulmate is out there somewhere. But I see this verse as simply that people should not be alone. It is not good for someone to be alone, at least not all the time. We were created to commune. We need community.
Also, in Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, it talks about how two are better than one because if one falls the other can pick them up. How often have you stumbled or needed correction, only to handle it alone? Haven’t you needed someone’s hand reaching out to help you up? Maybe you wished someone would have corrected you when you fell into that one sin awhile back, kind of like Nathan did with David in 2 Samuel 12. Maybe for years, you have had difficulty with a certain passage in the Bible, feeling unclear about its meaning. It would have been helpful to have another to discuss it with, right? Kind of like what Philip did for the Ethiopian in Acts 8. Another person’s insight into something can be such an eye-opener for you. Two is better than one.
I think this is why Jesus sent His disciples out two by two. When needed, the disciples could encourage each other. They could comfort each other. They could strengthen each other’s discernment regarding anything. They could be there for each other, reaching out their hand when the other stumbles. And most importantly, they could spur each other on in love and good deeds. All these aspects are helpful when we serve Jesus.
It is not good for you to be alone, to go at it alone. You need someone to help you up when you fall. You need another when you serve Jesus. Your gifts can complement theirs and vice versa, we work as the body of Christ after all. Find that someone, that friend to go two by two with. Better yet, become that friend.
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.Proverbs 27:17