We Can’t Survive Alone

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing… And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

1 Thessalonians 5:11,14

“We can’t survive alone” - seems like a pretty self-explanatory statement, doesn’t it, especially as followers of Jesus. We recognize our salvation was made possible through Jesus, and that we are completely dependent on him for forgiveness of sins and restoration of our relationship with God. I won’t speak for anyone else, but I know when it comes to my own life I still want to cling to some little sliver of independence. I don’t mind needing people - as long as it’s on my terms!

For most of us, our lives afford us the ability to hang on in some measure to the idea that we can do this thing called life on our own. Then you have someone like Joni Eareckson Tada - just one dive into shallow water led to five decades of quadriplegia and depending on people each and every day to do some of the most basic things that we all take for granted. It’s been easier for me to relate to Joni lately as severe chronic pain has returned, bringing me to a place where I need to reach out for help on a daily basis. It has completely rocked my world, but in a good way I think. I realized this morning that part of my desire for healing was so that I wouldn’t need to depend on God for everything; I wanted to be the old Ryan who could do most of life by himself…

Joni writes about this in her devotional “We Can’t Survive Alone,” sharing these wise thoughts:

We may look strong and stable as believers. But any thinking Christian knows he or she can’t survive apart from relationships with other believers. When bitter winds of adversity blow, we need each other’s support. When our minds are gripped by perplexity and we don’t know which way to turn, we need the counsel, the perspective, and the listening ear of a friend.

We were designed by God to need each other (remember God creating Eve in the garden for Adam?)! Jesus needed people! Joni states, “If Jesus sought support from His disciples in the midst of His trials, how much more do we need our brothers and sisters? Today’s Scripture reads, “Encourage one another and build each other up.” You need Jesus today. You also need His people. And they need you.

We need each other! Let’s all put down deep roots into each other and into Jesus!