Have you ever noticed how people slow you down?
We say we need people, but people just make it difficult to get things done. I know for myself I can move so much faster if I work alone. My children remind me of this nearly every day! Whether they are pushing the grocery cart, putting on a bandaid, or helping make dinner, their involvement in any project slows it down. Often it is just faster to work alone.
While working alone has many practical benefits, Jesus seemed to never take advantage of them. You see one of the most amazing relational habits that Jesus exemplified in His life was that He always brought people along with Him. The only instances in the gospels in which we find Jesus alone was when He was praying, and most of those moments were cut short by interruption.
Even at times in Jesus life when it would have been completely understandable for Him to not bring people along with Him, He still did.
One example is in Matthew 17 where we read the account of Jesus’ transfiguration. This is the moment when He would meet Elijah and Moses. What a conversation they must have had – but just a stones throw away was Peter, James, and John. He could have left them at the bottom of the mountain, but Jesus didn’t like leaving people behind.
Another example of this is found in Matthew 26. There we read of Jesus going to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray about God’s will and His crucifixion. If there was ever a time to be alone it was then, but even on that instance He brought a few of His disciples with Him.
Jesus always brought people with Him even in spite of the great work He had to do: Jesus taught, He healed, He revolutionized the religious system, and ultimately He died for our sins. He could have gotten so much more done without the disciples, but leaving people behind was not an option for Jesus.
Jesus understood something that we often forget. If you are alone you will go faster, but you won’t go further. Certainly Jesus could have been able to go so much faster if He would have left the disciples behind, but He didn’t want to go faster! He wanted to go further. In light of that, He poured Himself into twelve men who established the Church that would turn the world upside down.
We cannot give into the temptation to go faster, but should always seek to bring people with us. If we do this that will benefit our children, our marriages, our work places, and our churches.
Have you heard of Team Hoyt? It is the team of Rick and Dick Hoyt who have competed in several athletic endeavors such as iron mans, marathons, and triatholons. Dick is the father of Rick and they compete in these events together. Now on the surface that isn’t anything note worthy, except that Rick has cerebral palsy.
In 1977 Rick asked his father to run a race pushing him. After the race Rick said, “Dad, when you run, I don’t feel handicapped anymore.” With that one statement Rick and Dick’s life would forever be changed as they would race together for thirty years completing 6 iron mans, 72 marathons, and 255 triathlons. Did Dick do that because he wanted to go fast and win a race? No! It wasn’t about going fast, it was about going further in his relationship with his son.
One of the greatest relational habits that Jesus had was that He always brought people with Him. Who is it in your life that you have been leaving behind? Who is it in your life that you can bring along with you? Sometimes we need to literally bring people with us, and other times it is more figurative – but no matter the case, who are the people that we need to wait for?