By Alan Smith
A hunter was walking through the jungle when he found a huge dead
elephant with a pygmy standing beside it.
Amazed, he asked, "Did you kill that?"
The pygmy said, "Yes."
The hunter asked, "How could a little bloke like you kill a
huge beast like that?"
"I killed it with my club."
The astonished hunter asked, "How big is your club?"
The pygmy replied, "There's about 60 of us."
There is great value in having a "club" of people who
will fight with you, work with you, and be there for you when you need
assistance. Solomon put it this way:
"If it is cold, two can sleep together and stay warm, but
how can you keep warm by yourself? Two people can resist an attack that
would defeat one person alone. A rope made of three cords is hard to
break." (Ecclesiastes 4:11-12)
God obviously knew that we need that support as we seek to follow
Him. Think about it -- why did God establish the church? We don't
need the church to worship God -- we can worship God anywhere and at any
time. We don't even need the church to serve God -- I can serve God in a
multitude of ways on my own.
But what I do need the church for is to provide support,
encouragement and strength as I walk the Christian path. I need a
"club" to help me do battle against Satan. I need people around
me who will help me to see ways that I'm not reflecting the image of Jesus
Christ, and encourage me to move in that direction. I need brothers and
sisters in the Lord who will show me what love is and teach me to learn to love
as well. I need people who can rejoice with me when things are going
great and cry with me when my world is shattered. I need the church!
Thank you, Lord, for surrounding me with a big "club"
of people who are such a blessing to me! I can't imagine having to travel
this journey alone and I'm so thankful that you saw the need and met it long
before I even realized there was a need. In the name of Jesus who unites
us in this body, amen.
Have a great day!
- Alan Smith, author of the popular "Thought For Today,"
and minister for the Fayetteville Church of Christ in Fayetteville, NC, may be
contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org