When Jesus sent out his disciples to spread the gospel, he did not send them alone. Instead, he sent them in pairs. But why did he do this?
The Importance of Partnership
One reason for sending the disciples in pairs was to emphasize the importance of partnership in ministry. Jesus knew that it would be easier for two people to encourage and support each other than for one person to do it alone. As we read in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them 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.”
Another reason for sending the disciples in pairs was for accountability purposes. When working with someone else, there is a sense of responsibility and accountability that comes with it. Each partner is accountable to the other and can help keep each other on track.
Strengths and Weaknesses
Furthermore, by pairing the disciples together, Jesus was able to balance out their strengths and weaknesses. Each disciple had unique gifts and abilities that could complement those of their partner.
- Peter was impulsive but passionate.
- John was gentle but bold.
- Thomas was skeptical but thoughtful.
- James was zealous but practical.
Finally, sending the disciples in pairs also provided a source of encouragement for them. When one partner got discouraged or tired, the other could offer words of support and motivation.
The Power of Two
In conclusion, Jesus sent his disciples out in pairs for several important reasons. He knew that partnership would be crucial for their ministry, both in terms of accountability and balancing out their strengths and weaknesses.
By working together, they could accomplish more than they could alone. And when one partner got discouraged, the other could offer the encouragement they needed to keep going. May we also learn from this lesson and seek out partnerships in our own lives and ministries.