The Bible reveals that the Lord arranges companions for His seekers to match one another. For instance, with Moses there was Aaron (Exo. 4:14), with Daniel there were his three companions (Dan. 2:17), with the twelve disciples the Lord sent them out two by two (Matt. 10:2-5; Luke 10:1), and lastly with Paul he was always matched with either Timothy, Silas, or another coworker (Phil 1:1; 1 Thes 1:1; Acts 15:40). This divine principle of the Lord matching us with companions still applies to us today. Whether we realize it or not, the Lord has placed brothers and sisters in our environment to be our companions. These companions are meant to match us so that we would move and act in a corporate way, in the principle of the Body, and not in an individualistic way.
In 2 Timothy 2:22 Paul charges his companion, Timothy, “to flee youthful lusts” and pursue Christ for the Body “with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” Thus, even our pursuing of Christ in and for the Body must be “with those” companions whom the Lord has given us. Aaron was a skillful speaker, and the Lord arranged for he and Moses to match one another in a proper way. Likewise, the apostle Paul always had a coworker to match him, and this prevented him from acting in an individualistic way. For example, in his introduction to 1 Corinthians Paul mentions Sosthenes, a brother whom we know little about, in order to keep this principle (1:1). Those who are matched with others are helped to live in the corporate, blending life of the Body. Conversely, those who are not matched with others may easily live an independent life and not be blended with others, which does not correspond to what the Lord is doing in this age.
In summary, we need to go to the Lord in prayer and fellowship concerning two matters. First, since we are individualistic by nature, we sometimes don’t realize our need for spiritual companions. We need to seek the Lord’s mercy for Him to shine His light upon us regarding our need to be matched with others in our living. Moreover, we need to actively seek out others to match us in the way of blending through prayer and fellowship. Second, even if we are already matched with others, it is sometimes difficult to submit to the restriction and limitation this presents. So again we must go to the Lord and receive the abundance of grace that we may deny the self, submit to others, and experience the Lord in the corporate Body life.
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