Mark 6:7 And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;

If you had twelve people to be your messengers across a wide geographical area, the most efficient decision would appear to send them out individually because the legwork would likely have led to a wider coverage over time. It is a matter of simple proportion, albeit in the presence of fixed parameters because all things being equal, if it takes 6 people an hour to complete a task, 12 people with the same skill set ought to complete the task in half the time.

However, with twelve people at Jesus’ disposal, he still makes the decision to send them out in pairs. That may suggest less coverage, but has He done anything without purpose? Has any action of his been based on a whim? Certainly, not!

A few weeks back, I was looking at the call of the twelve and was particularly interested in the invitation of the brothers: ‘Peter & Andrew’, and  ‘James & John’. In both instances, Jesus called up the pair of brothers hence I wondered why He did this?

Beloved, there is something about complementation which makes it an appropriate choice, even when it appears something else has been sacrificed for it, in this case, wider coverage. There is a confidence that comes with knowing that there is someone else to make up for the things you don’t have. There is someone who will correct you when you falter, have strength when you are down, motivate you when you are discouraged.

You may be able to encourage yourself and pull yourself up on many occasions, but on some occasions, another hand will be required to lift you up. There is a reason for complementation, so don’t take it for granted.


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