I would suppose that the majority of us know this particular passage. “Where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I in the midst of them.” Now the meaning within this scripture is fairly obvious. Our Creator will attend His ear to what we have to say even if there is not a multitude of people collectively requesting His attention. We are just that important to the One who brought us to be. And that is a wonderful thing to know, is it not? Of course it is. But that is not to be my focus here this evening, as glorious as that information may be. At least I don’t believe it shall be my focus. We shall see, I suppose.
You see, often times we must look below the surface of the words for the meanings that lie just underneath, perhaps waiting to be discovered. What has always captured me about the aforementioned verse is mention of “where two or three are gathered”. I have always been drawn to the idea of numbers and I am not sure as to why. It certainly has nothing to do with my love of mathematics for I have no love lost there. I barely passed algebra and dropped out of geometry. As for trigonometry and calculus? Exactly. We were never even introduced. Still my fascination with simple numbers remains. Perhaps it is because numbers, like words carry tremendous power and meaning. And the weight they carry was something not imposed by humankind but rather by our Creator. Think about it for a moment, if you will. According to scripture, the world was created in 7 days. Why not 4 or 5 days? And the number 7 has longed been hailed as the number of perfection. Why is that exactly? And in the process of creation, there was 1 man and 1 woman created. In the animal kingdom, there were 2 of each animal created, be it mammal, fish or fowl. I am certain that particular situation was simply to satisfy the requirement for procreation. But since trees, plants and flowers were also created, I ask myself how many? Nothing the Creator sets out to do is done in a slipshod fashion but rather His methodology is one of design and precision. Should it disturb me that there is no mention of the number of trees He planted with a touch of His hand? No, it should not but it does nonetheless. What can I say? So, color me weird or a bit off. I am okay with that. However, I can see here that once again I have wandered off point. Let us get back to where we left off. Or better said, where I left off.
Where two or three are gathered. Such small numbers these are, yes? What does this tell us then? It tells us my friend, that because we have been touched by the Divine we have much power. We have more power within us than we can even begin to imagine! Do bear in mind that this power is not of ourselves and it is not created by us so there cannot be any degree of arrogance here. It is a gift from our Creator. Besides, power that is true and pure lies within the realm of humility. Where two or three are gathered. Would you care to break it down to say, the power of one? So be it. The effectual fervent prayer of “a righteous man” availeth much”. You do notice that this refers to a singular individual, yes? Hence, the power of one.
What point am I trying to make here? Or better said, what is it that I am asking? I will answer it now as best I can. What I am asking is why are we not living our lives inside that realm of power that the Almighty has given us so freely? I sometimes imagine Him looking down, scratching His head and saying, “Come on now, my people! I have given you the keys to the kingdom. Why do you not use those keys and step into the power of the Kingdom I have graciously given unto you? Why do you insist on living in mediocrity and spiritual poverty?” I believe it causes God frustration when he observes us at times. Don’t you?
My friends, think about this now. It only takes 2 of us to get God’s attention. In reality, it only takes the power of one based on what was stated a bit earlier here. And if one has the attention of the Almighty, one has tapped into a fairly strong Power source. Wouldn’t you be inclined to agree?
Now, I have said all of this to say one thing and one thing only. The very simple formula of where two or three (or one) are gathered = a high level of God-given power is all that is required to bring about change in this, our world. All it requires is our diligent application of the formula and the belief that the formula will work. But belief without diligent effort will not bring results anymore than diligent effort without belief will render positive results. The two must work together. And is this formula based in truth? It has to be so. Anything less than this would result in our Creator being dishonest in His promises. And that is simply not a possibility.
And going back to my infatuation with numbers, indulge me I pray thee, just once more. When Noah built the ark and the animals were bid welcome and made their way in, how is it that they entered? Was it in a mad frenzy, all clamoring to claim a spot within? Did the strongest and boldest enter first with the weaker and smaller bringing up the rear? You know the answer to this. They entered into the ark in pairs, two at a time in a fashion that would’ve pleased a drill instructor. And admittedly, I do not know if the elephants and tigers were followed in by the rabbits and squirrels. But I do know that all are equal in the sight of God so perhaps that says it all. The point I am trying to make is simply this. As they entered, two by two, their numbers grew and eventually they occupied the entire ark, so great were they in number. This is the method to be used to effect change on a global scale. The 1 becomes 2, the 2 become 4, the 4 become 8 and so on. And there is unlimited power in just 2 or 3 with our Creator in the midst. Can you imagine what level of change can be effected when those 2 or 3 multiply themselves into the thousands?? Think of this for it is all too possible, dear reader. Now, let us take these thoughts and put them into action. A seed cannot grow and bring forth fruit until it has been placed below the soil. Then that seed must die in order to bring forth new life. “Whoa, hold on”, You may say. “What is this dying business? I didn’t sign on for that!” Well, I will admit that I failed to mention that part. But it is a good thing, not a bad thing. You see, in order to bring about lasting change in others, we must die to self first. And in doing so, we are actually reborn into a higher level of ourselves as are those whose lives we effect. It is a concept to be embraced rather than be pushed away. Trust me on this for it is the simple truth. Where two or three (or one) are gathered……. Friends, think about it for it is exciting stuff!
I thank you as always for taking the time from your day to peruse these words I have placed here. I trust they caused you to explore your mind for exploration is a grand affair and a lot of fun as well. Be blessed in your day and bless those you meet along the way. Take care with yourselves.
Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.