In the fourth chapter of Ecclesiastes, Solomon is discussing the virtues of two being better than one. In verse nine he notes that two have a good reward for their labor. In verse ten he says that if they fall, one can lift the other. In verse eleven he follows with the fact that two are warmer than one and he starts verse twelve saying that “though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.” However, he finishes the verse with something different. At the end of verse twelve we find the addition of a third. “And a threefold cord is not easily broken.”
When I first read this scripture the statement almost seemed out of place, naked and alone in a discussion of ones and twos. But the more I thought about it, the more sense it started to make. Perhaps the threefold cord was not a statement, as I had first assumed. Perhaps the addition of the third was, in fact, a suggestion.
For instance, if I were to want to make my marriage stronger, tighten the bond between my wife and myself, the best way for me to do that is to add a third, Jesus Christ.
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave himself for it.” Eph. 5:25
If I add that ever important third strand to the union of two, my wife and myself, my marriage should not be easily broken. But I must, and I cannot stress this enough, I absolutely must love my bride the way Christ loves His. If I do not, my threefold cord could unravel before my eyes, leaving my marriage vulnerable to a myriad of potential weak points. In order to keep my cord strong, I must continually ask myself questions like these.
“Would Christ betray His bride?”
“Would Christ deceive His bride?”
“Would He die for her?”
I think we all know the answers to all of these questions.
And how about my job?” What if I were to add Jesus to my job and myself, forming yet another threefold cord? What effect could that potentially have? What if I was honest with all of my clients, patient with all of my co-workers and a faithful servant to my boss?
I should like to suggest, as Solomon did, that the addition of the third cord will strengthen all that it comes in contact with. By adding Christ to any part of my life, be it my marriage my job, my hopes or my dreams, my will or my ways, all of those things and everything they come into contact with will profit because of it.
“When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment; for she said “If only I may touch His clothes, I will be made well.” Mark 5:27-28
It is the addition of the third that makes all the difference, for anything I attempt to do using only my own power, my own sight and my own heart could fail and fail miserably for it lacks the one thing that all thins need the most, and that is the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
So, how about it? Will you take Solomon’s wise advice and add that vital third strand? Try this math on for size: You plus your life plus Jesus Christ equals? I cannot tell you the answer to that equation for only God knows the intended sum of any one life, but I can assure you this. It will be beyond your wildest and it will not be easily broken. And neither will you.
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