Christ, our Common Denominator
by Matheus Yuhlung
There’s always a common denominator in all our relationships. How amazing would it be if that denominator was Christ? Yet, wasn’t that the original plan? I guess it was; and if so, shouldn’t we strive for that? Yes, absolutely!
And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.[i]
Note the words after the hyphen: a threefold cord is not quickly broken. I love how Matthew Henry puts this in his words when he says:
Where two are closely joined in holy love and fellowship, Christ will by his Spirit come to them; then there is a threefold cord.
A threefold cord, meaning: the third cord, the cord that joins men, being the spirit of Christ Himself. In Romans chapter eight, verse thirty nine it’s written: “… nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord;” Shouldn’t the same stand for the relationship that is made between men in Him? I believe it should! Isn’t it beautiful? The beauty of it is such that I think we shouldn’t contend for anything less than that.
But what about our relationship with non-believer? I think the condition still remains the same; i.e.: to pursue keeping our relationship with them in Christ alone. We’re called to be an ambassador for Christ.[ii] Not only should the countenance of our faces but our very personalities should shine forth, showing the hope that we have in Christ. Also, was it not this hope that Rahab[iii] saw on the faces of the spies even though she was yet to believe that Jehovah was the only true living God? Yes, it was.
All of this sounds really easy when said, but is often harder to achieve in reality, but what really is easy in this world? Relationships are seldom premeditated, and often circumstantial and spontaneous, and if we rely on loving another person with our own efforts we’ll see that we constantly fail to manage that, but in Christ we can. So let us pray that our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ would supply us with His abundant love to love Him and His people, just as He has given us this hope of blissful eternity that we have in Him.
Dear Reader, I may not know who you are, but the more I think about this the closer I feel I am to you, as if we are the best of friends. I cannot wait to meet you one day in heaven and we’ll sit in the company of Christ Himself and maybe sip tea and talk about our little time on earth and how we thought it was so overwhelming at times, but were brought out of it all and granted this everlasting life of peace and joy where we may praise God for eternity.
[i] Ecclesiastes 4:12 (ESV)
[ii] 2 Corinthians 5:20
[iii] Joshua 2
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