Rule #4 “have one group (‘fire’) . . . while another group (‘maneuver’) approaches the enemy from one direction and still another unit (‘maneuver’) approaches from the other.” (pg.75)
As someone who is naturally very independent, I’ve always found it more challenging to be around people than to be on my own. That isn’t to say that I don’t love having friends or spending time with family, but rather that I can be in solitude for hours on end and be perfectly content.
As I’ve gotten older though, I’ve began to realize the importance of surrounding yourself with godly people. Hebrews 10:25 tells us as Christians not to neglect meeting together. Fellowship is critical to our faith walk.
In Alexander’s book, he talks about the “convergent assault”. This assault or battle technique requires more than one person. In fact, it requires at least two large groups or units for this to work. While one group distracts the enemy, the other one or two units attack from different directions. The collaboration and teamwork allows for a battle to be won.
But this idea of swarming the enemy cannot be done in isolation. Its success requires community.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 reads, “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.”
In isolation, we are weak and easily overpowered. By ourselves, we are vulnerable in the face of our enemy. But, when we work together, we can overcome. That’s why in Ephesians Paul urges the church in Ephesus to be of one mind and to be in unity because the enemy knows that when a body of believers shares a singular goal, they are unstoppable (Ephesians 4:1-6).
Together, we learn how to live in love and to serve others intentionally. We can’t truly be Christians if we are an island to ourselves. Life is done in community and victories are most enjoyed when celebrated with others. We can try and take on this world alone, but even Jesus knew the power of companionship. He had the twelve disciples to do ministry and life with.
Today I pray that the Lord would remind our hearts of the value of community and companionship and that we would be proactive in getting involved with the church in a positive and contributing way.