Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 – PARTNERSHIP
When someone goes his own way and does his own thing he is often called a “Lone Ranger”.
He is named after The Lone Ranger, a fictitious hero of radio, television and comic books.
The interesting thing about the “Lone” Ranger is that he did not stand alone.
He had his “faithful Indian companion, Tonto” as his partner. Tonto was a very intelligent man.
Even the Lone Ranger had a partner!
This passage in Ecclesiastes reminds us that “two are better than one”.
Christians need to have other Christians as their partners. We are not to stand alone.
Two are better than one because of the:
HOPE OF REWARD – Vs. 9
When two work together, there is more production. This past Sunday in our church the pulpit needed to be moved so folks could see the junior choir. I tried to move it myself. As soon as another man came up and helped me however, the job was done a lot quicker.
HELP IN TROUBLE – Vs. 10
When we have difficulty while working with a partner the partner can help us.
When we have difficulty while working alone, there’s nobody to help.
HEAT OF FELLOWSHIP – Vs. 11
Without someone with whom to share there is a coldness of spirit.
When we have a partner with whom to share the things of God there is warmth or heat.
HARDNESS OF UNITY – Vs. 12
When an individual is attacked, he is more likely to be defeated.
When two people are attacked, it is more likely that they will not be defeated.
If three people are attacked, it’s like trying to rip apart three cords closely bound together.
It is hard to do.
When three Christians stand together in the Lord, Satan will have a hard time defeating them.