What was the wisdom of Jesus to send out his kingdom workers in pairs? Why not send them out as individuals? After all, with so few disciples in the beginning, couldn’t God have reached twice as many sick and lost souls if he didn’t double up on his missionary teams? Couldn’t even spiritual giants like Peter, Paul, and other apostles fly solo? Did they really need the buddy system?
For most of us married men, the first partner who comes to mind is our wife, and rightly so. Our wife is united with us in life, in ministry, and in our spiritual walk in general. In a good marriage, we experience and share everything of substance, good and bad, throughout our marriage and life together. This is a blessing from God. But as married men, we sometimes lose or neglect our ability and responsibility to foster close friendships with other men. Especially when we’re blessed with a wife who we can honestly call our best friend, we can fall into a comfort zone where our wife and children become our only close relationships and we lose the benefit of what other men could and should provide as well.
So men, don’t forget, God also has in mind that we share our walk and our work with other men. Jesus sent out his disciples, even the married ones such as Peter, with another man for a partner. There is something essential about sharing our lives and our ministry work with other Christian men. I don’t pretend to know the mind of God, but here are my top reasons for going out into the world “two by two” with other godly men.
- Protect and support one another.
- Encourage mutual development and sanctification, “as iron sharpens iron.”
- Rejoice in the triumphs and share in the burdens and trials.
- Complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses. (Think Moses and Aaron or Paul and his missionary partners)
- Hold each other accountable; exhort one another in truth and love.