We All Need Friends With Us

There’s a story told in the Old Testament book of 1 Samuel, Chapter 14 where King Saul’s son, Jonathan, is so full of faith that he resolves to invade the enemy Philistine camp and cause some mayhem. 

It’s just him, God, and his trusted armour-bearer. An armour bearer wasn’t just responsible for carrying the armour of the leader, but also to be a source of encouragement, strength, and unshakable commitment. 

We see this in the story as Jonathan’s armour bearer responds to this battle strategy with these inspiring words in 1 Samuel 14:7…

“Do what you think is best,” the armour bearer replied. “I’m with you completely, whatever you decide.”

These words “I’m with you completely” are sometimes translated as “I’m with you heart and soul!” We all need people who are like that for us – and we need to be like that for some people.

Even Jesus had three closest friends (armour bearers) in Peter, James and John who walked most closely with Him in both the best and worst of times. 

This is why we’re passionate about everybody in the Zeo family being part of a small huddle of friends who do life and faith together. Three to four people who connect regularly to encourage, strengthen, challenge and commit to journey together. 

If you’re part of a huddle and it’s not connected for a while then why not recommit as we move into a new term?

If you’re not yet part of a huddle then why not take a risk and reach out to a couple of people in the Zeo family and see if they’re up for supporting one another? I know those first steps can be hard but the payoff can be so worth it in the end. If you feel you don’t know many folks in Zeo then commit to serving in a team this Autumn, and to gather in a Church At Home – those are the two best ways of making friends that could be the start of your own huddle.

There’s something truly life-giving about people who stand with us in that ‘I’m with you completely’ spirit. I’m praying that more of us will give and receive that in huddles in the year to come.


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