Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Mejores Amigos

                The past few days I have been reading in the book of Ecclesiastes for my Bible study time in the mornings.  Yesterday, I came across a quite familiar passage, but a powerful one nonetheless:
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.  For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.  But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.  Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone?  Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, ESV
                Most people would say they have a best friend, and some are even gifted with more than one.  This kind of friend will stick with you when you’re going through a hard time and will listen to anything you need to say.  Understandably, a friend like this is hard to find!  Perhaps you have a friend whom you've known since your childhood.  I've known my best friend for almost all of my life.  In fact, I don’t remember a time when I didn’t know him!  Going to the same church and being close in age, we hang out together all the time.  More recently, we’ve even started doing skits at our church every so often that we’ve seen from the Skit Guys.  (If you haven’t seen the Skit Guys, you should really check them out!)  Over the years, we’ve made fun of each other and laughed like crazy, but we’ve also talked about the things that really matter to us.  We’ve talked about scripture, what we’ve learned at church, and even how we can learn better.  Our pastor has even called us “David and Jonathan” because of how great of friends we are.  No matter who you are, I believe you need a friend who you can talk to about anything.
                There are also some of us who have more than one great friend.  That’s where the last part of Ecclesiastes 4:12 comes in: “a threefold cord is not quickly broken”.  Have you ever tried to tear apart a string?  Alone, it can be fairly easy.  If you braid three strings together, however, it’s much more difficult.  If you’re so daring as to braid four strings, it becomes even more difficult!  In other words, the more the merrier!  The body of Christ was meant to be like this.  In their book, “Do Hard Things” (One of my favorite books of all time) Alex and Brett Harris give the example of horses to demonstrate the importance of companionship.  Alone, a horse can pull 2,500 pounds.  So if you put two horses together they can pull twice that, right?  Wrong!  That’s what’s so cool about friendship!  If you put two horses together, then can pull not five thousand, not ten thousand, but over twelve thousand pounds!!!  Best friends are extremely important to have.  We weren’t made to follow Christ on our own. 
Do you have a best friend?  How have they helped you?  Leave a comment below about your friendship!