Summary: We are not meant to go it alone - find a partner and find power!c
FAITH FITNESS 3: WORK OUT WITH A PARTNER
There is something that trainers know about working out that is also evident in almost every profession. "Pairing up with a workout buddy can dramatically improve your overall results," says Mel Joyner, a New York City-based personal trainer.
We need other people in our lives to accomplish God’s work. This is the way God has wired the universe. Life goes better when it is done with other people.
Great partners in God's Kingdom work: Moses and Aaron, Joshua and Caleb, Daniel Shadrack Meshack and Abednego, Ruth and Naomi, David and Jonathan, Paul and Barnabas, Barnabas and John Mark, Jesus Peter James and John, Aquilla and Priscilla, Andronicus and Junias, Tryphena and Tryphosa those women who work hard in the Lord, all partners together in God's work.
Jesus sent the disciples out 2 X 2 ... never alone.
All of those "one another" passages require the other!
Ecclesiastes 4:9-4:12 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).
5 Reasons We Need A Spiritual Workout Partner!
1. ACCOUNTABILITY. If you know someone is meeting you at the gym in the morning, are you really going sleep in? "When you schedule workouts with a friend, you're held accountable, so you're less likely to skip out on a workout," says Joyner. “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work” (Ecclesiastes 4:9) One of the great keys to escaping disabling sin is to become accountable to someone you trust. “…Make me truly happy by agreeing whole heartedly with each other, loving one another,and working together with one mind and purpose.” (Philippians 2:2)
2. ROUTINE- Forming of good habits. "I believe strongly that you should make a point of going to the gym with a friend during the first few months of your gym membership," says Dr. Belisa Vranich, a clinical psychologist and member of Gold's Gym's Fitness Institute. Why? "Working out should be a habit, and it takes 21 days to form a habit. If you're going it solo, you're likely to slack off during those three important introductory weeks, but if you're regularly meeting a friend, the habit is more likely to set in." “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves” (Ecclesiastes 4:12). What kind of good habits do we need to develop? How about those New Years Resolutions we talked about? Discipline does not grow well by itself. In developing the Spiritual Disciplines in our lives we need to establish routines that demonstrate our commitment. Doing that together defends us against excuses and slacking off. Philippians 1:27-28 “I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.” In order to be our best in the Kingdom work, we must stand as one, contend as one.