“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20 NIV
Have you ever observed dogs when they gather together? Tails wag and legs fly as they run to greet one another. Dog parks, family gatherings, and holidays; our dogs want to be a part of the family. There can be some fur flying too but what gathering doesn’t have a little bit of dissension, now and again?
In Matthew 18, Jesus is asked by his disciples, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” That question alone could start the bickering between family and friends. Jesus calls a child and teaches about innocence and humility of children. He tells us not to cause anyone to stumble. He teaches in parables and addresses sin in the church. Verse 19 instructs us that if two of us agree about anything on earth,, it will be done by his father in heaven. Jesus wraps it up with verse 20 telling us that where two or three of us get together in his name, he will be there in the midst of us.
Something tells me that if Jesus showed up in the midst of us, we wouldn’t be as worried about whatever we were asking God to provide. When he is among us, we can agree on what we are wanting from God. To see him show up in person would squash all disagreement in the church.
The bible teaches us that when we believe and ask Jesus into our hearts, we have the mind of Christ (I Corinthians 2:16). We have Jesus living and speaking through us by the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17). Romans 8:10 says that the Holy Spirit is alive in us and gives us life. Verse 26 tells us, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
Surely, with so great and precious promises, we should be happy and eager to greet one another and to get together as family. Small groups, large Sunday services, wherever two or three are gathered in Jesus’ name, he is there. He is our Lord, our Savior and King and He is in our midst.