“Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another to show love and to do good. Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more, since you see the Day of the Lord is coming nearer.” (Hebrews 10:24-25 – GNT)

Jeff King, in his recent post, Quote for 01/31/2021, observed that Christianity is the premier team sport. “We’re all in this together, the body of Christ, the church,” said Jeff.

When I read these words, I remembered seeing a fire truck roll up to a call one time while I was sitting at a red light. As soon as the rig came to a stop, firefighters scattered from the vehicle like ants! Two guys unrolled a fire hose and pulled it to a hydrant, while two more unloaded a huge ladder.

Meanwhile, at least one person behind me honked—when the light turned green! So I was on my way, but something about what I saw stuck with me: first responders come out in pairs–just like Noah’s ark!

I asked a firefighter friend at church to fill me in about this “two by two” phenomenon. He explained: for safety and efficiency purposes, nobody works alone. Standard procedure calls for two firefighters in and two out. The idea, he said, is “I look out for you, you look out for me, and we both make it home.”

If Christianity is the ultimate team sport, and surely we can agree with Jeff that it is, then we must act like it. Nobody goes it alone! Like the writer of Hebrews says, we should show real concern for and help one another. Our love and good works speak far more than words.

By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Jesus – (John 13:34 NIV)

The application to the body of Christ, and by this I mean the church universal, is clear. We live at a point in history when both the world AND the church are on fire. I may be mixing my metaphors here, but we need all hands on deck!

Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? Do you accept Him as the only way to heaven and trust Him to save you from your sins? Then we work at the same firehouse!

If God is your Father, I am your brother.

I look out for you, you look out for me, and we both make it home to heaven.





32 responses to “Together”

  1. musingsofmanettekay Avatar

    What a wonderful two-by-two illustration! We need each other we’re not designed to be loners. Christianity is community connectedness through our common bond in Christ.

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  2. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re welcome, Evad. Thank you for checking in. I’ll keep abiding, brother. And you do so as well! Blessings.

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  3. Evad Mac Avatar

    Thanks for sharing David!

    Like the gospel, this is a truth that the body of Christ needs to be reminded of regularly, especially in the west. We need each other!

    Keep abiding in the Vine.

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  4. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I hadn’t thought how the the three cord strand from Ecclesiastes applies here, but it does. With God in the mix, nothing is impossible.
    I appreciate your contribution, Chris. God Bless.

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  5. Chris Hendrix Avatar

    It’s not good for man to be alone. Then when we add God to the mix, a 3 cord strand is not easily broken. Thanks for the reminder.

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  6. God Still Speaks Avatar

    I can see it either way too!

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  7. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Sure! Why not? Should we all have the same number, or different? I can imagine it both ways.

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  8. God Still Speaks Avatar

    Cool, do we get team jerseys too? Team Jesus! I’m glad I’m on the roster!

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  9. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re welcome, Viv. I am grateful for your prayers for your input.

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  10. Viv Avatar

    David this is wonderful! Thank you for this extremely important reminder. 👍🙏

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  11. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re welcome, Jeff. As I said earlier, you often get me thinking and writing at the same time.

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  12. Jeffrey H. King Avatar

    I like that “paired off” idea. It’s applicable to why we should not, as Paul wrote, fail to meet together. Thanks for the shout out!

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  13. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Ok, Amanda it is! Thanks again for stopping by! Blessings.

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  14. booferchick Avatar

    Haha! Glad to be of some use! The names Amanda, but I go by boofer as well! 🙂

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  15. davidsdailydose Avatar

    So true! And now I get to use the word booferchick in a sentence! Thank you, booferchick.

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  16. booferchick Avatar

    Wonderful post!! We definitely need community!

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  17. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Matthew. Yes, the church (at times) prefers to shoot its own wounded. It is indeed sad.
    Thanks for stopping by. Blessings.

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  18. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Maria! Many blessings to you as well.

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  19. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Gary. The scarlet thread of redemption. Hey, that would be a superb title for a post! Tag, you’re it.

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  20. Matthew Winters Avatar

    Great spiritual truth, my friend, and well illustrated! I wish the body of Christ grasped this more.

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  21. Ladysag77 Avatar

    We are built for community and togetherness. To be each other’s keepers. To shine our light. The firefighters example is a great one, teamwork makes the dream work! Enjoy your weekend David, many blessings to you 🙏

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  22. Gary Fultz Avatar

    A big Amen David. the one anothers of scripture is a vital red thread that binds us together in Christ.

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  23. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, CG. You are most welcome. Thank you for reading and commenting. God Bless.

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  24. CG Thelen Avatar

    Great post. Love the fire truck analogy. So true for the church today. Thanks for sharing this wisdom.

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  25. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you. Yes, indeed, we make a good team, brother. Your faith and trust in God is contagious, and it encourages me to keep striving for Him.

    Keep up the good work! Thank you for stopping by. Blessings.


  26. Alan Kearns Avatar

    I was just thinking of you and your posts yesterday, I was worried whether I had missed a post! Then up pops this little beauty, praise the Lord. As I read this it reminded me of a time when I spent a lot of time with an old brother called Hugh Keirs labouring in the cause of the gospel, what a blessed time that was with that lovely Godly man. Also I was reminded of Paul and Silas in prison together, praying and praising God in their trial. We also make a team David, in the Holy Spirit in Heavenly pursuits! May our Father continue to guide you and surround you in His blessings brother.

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  27. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I assumed as much. My wife is from upstate NY. Albany is like a popsicle right now.
    Thank you for your thoughts today.

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  28. My Life in Our Father's World Avatar

    At the moment it’s 1⁰ here. Crystal Lake is frozen over, which makes the ice fishers, skaters & hockey players very happy. I think the big thaw is still several weeks away. 🥶

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  29. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you. God Bless!

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  30. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Christians are called and created for community. I couldn’t have said it better! Thank you, sister.

    Has lake Michigan thawed yet?


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  31. My Life in Our Father's World Avatar

    It’s always been two-by-two. In the garden. On the ark. The disciples sent out. We are called to community. We are created for community. It’s dangerous to go it alone.

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