By Serenity Beaumont, Spiritual Life Co-Division Head.
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”Matthew 18:20
Today, let’s think about the unlimited power available in connection and community. When two or more gather, God is among them. In this verse, Jesus was not speaking specifically of marriage or friendship. Rather, this important statement reveals to us the power and significance of even the smallest number of “two.” Notice that two are more significant than one. Something unique happens when you go beyond just one person, and beyond being alone.
“Two” seems so insignificant in a world boasting over 7 billion people. But, there is a multiplying effect when two come together in His name. Aristotle said it this way: “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” (source). In other words, when individuals are connected and in harmony with each other, the result is more significant than if they were acting as separate entities – alone.
God Himself even appears to value the presence of others. The Hebrew name “Elohim” refers to the Trinity in Genesis 1:26 as God called upon their community stating “let us (not just Himself) make man in our image, after our likeness.” (Gen. 1:26, King James Version)
In daily living, when faced with a problem, one person reverts to applying their own experience, education, research, and creativity to find a solution. However, when two people are involved, in agreement and respect, there will be a larger pool of experience, knowledge, and creativity from which to draw. The result can be a more perfect solution because more possibilities have been examined.
Now think about the third part of this team, this being the inclusion of Jesus Christ. Jesus was involved in the creation of the universe. He knows how all things work. Jesus knows more about issues at hand than neither two people could even be aware of. And He has all the resources of heaven and earth at his disposal. Ultimately when Jesus is included in our interactions, and even our disputes, He makes a significant difference in our ability to develop elegant and equitable solutions to problems that we might face. Think of the influence of inviting Jesus in our physical interactions as if an invisible presence is added, multiplying the power of what’s seen, said, and believed.