There was a Christian man who knew his time was near. So he sent word to his seven children to come home so he could see them all one last time. Even though his children had all grown up and had families of there own, they all set out on the trips back home. After they had been there awhile visiting, the father called all of them into his room for he had been “bed-fast”for two weeks.
When they had all entered and formed a line around his bed so he could see all of them, he told them to all go outside and to each bring back a nice size stick apiece. Now this was a little strange but seeing the shape their father was in they went out in the yard and brought back each a big stick. After he could see all of them, he told them one by one to start breakingthem. So they started one at a time breaking the sticks and after they had done the last one he told them to go back outside and each bring back a stick again.
Now this had been very odd for his children, but they did as they where told to do because after all their father was about to be with the Lord. After they had came back in and gathered around his bed, he told them this time to pass the sticks around to one side of the bed. When they had done this he pulled out to strings of fishing line out from under his pillow and told them to tie the bundle of sticks together at each of its ends so they would stay together and not get lose. Then he told his children to now try to breakthe sticks.
One by one by one they all tried to breakthe bundle of sticks but could not do it. After the last of the seven children tried and failed he looked up at them and said, “I just want you to know that if you stick together it will be harder to breakyou.”In like manner, God’s people need to stick together for strength and encouragement – that Satan and the world not break us.
Solomon says it this way, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him that is alone when he falleth, and hath not another to lift him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have warmth; but how can one be warm alone? And if a man prevail against him that is alone, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken”(Eccl. 4:9-12).
There is strength in number. We as God’s people need to avail ourselves of the strength made available to us through our Christian brethren. Spend as much as you can with the brethren – you will be the better for it!
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