So many of the famous musical groups were better than the sum of their parts.
Take Simon and Garfunkel, for instance. To me, what they did together is better than what Paul Simon or Art Garfunkel have done since.
Don’t get me wrong. I love me some Kodachrome or Still Crazy After All These Years, but it’s just not up to the level of Sound of Silence or The Boxer.
I truly believe that the old Chicago lineup was way better than what Peter Cetera and the remaining members of Chicago have done since.
So many groups have either split up or seen their lead singer move on to a solo career. Sometimes it works out for the best, but most of the time, the end result is that what each does separately can never compare to what they did together.
That’s a lot like being a part of the Church. We’re better together. In fact, we’re much more than the sum of our parts when we’re living in fellowship, sharing a common life together.
In Acts, the Holy Spirit came upon the believers and anointed the body of believers to go out and spread the Kingdom message. The results of them being better together are evident in Acts 2 where many thousands of people believed in their message and were added to the Church.
The present age tells you that you don’t need anybody and that you are best on your own. You are actually more vulnerable and prone to temptation when you’re alone, apart from other believers.
That’s why the local church is so important. Not because they’re the perfect group of people. Definitely not because your salvation depends on going to church.
It’s because we can do life together way better than we ever could apart. It’s where you are strong in areas where I am weak, and visa versa.
We are truly better together.