Two by Two

Lou Lotz

READ : Mark 6:7-13

He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two (v. 7)

The disciples are sent into the world the way the animals are sent into the ark—two by two. Aware of the importance of their mission, and aware, perhaps, of their feelings of inadequacy, Jesus pairs his disciples.

Christians often flounder, it seems to me, because we jump from the one to the many, from self to congregation, without ever forming a solid, soul-deep relationship with one other believer. We never get paired with one other disciple.

There are times when a Christian must stand alone. And there are times when it is good for us to gather in lavish numbers, reminding us that we are not alone in the Christian life. But the Christian life also rests on teams of twos—two believers praying for each other, supporting each other, holding each other accountable, hearing each other’s confessions. Do you have someone like that in your life?

These two-by-two arrangements cannot be structured or programmed. They form unconsciously. They work mysteriously. I don’t think you intentionally select your fellow disciple. You just realize one day that you have one, and how blessed you are because of it. “Two are better than one,” says Ecclesiastes. Amen to that.


Lord Jesus Christ, who gives me many fellow disciples, help me to find one fellow disciple.