Sometimes the world can feel like a lonely place, and it is a comfort to know that there are others who have our backs. It is a comfort to know that we have friends who will stand with us and support us. When I was in college, I had such a friend. A boyfriend and I had recently broken up. His reaction to the break-up was to go to my friends and try to date them or at least hook up with them. He tried with this friend. I was not there, but somehow he leaned forward toward her and then ended up falling down. It is nice to know that there are those who stand by you in the midst of break- ups or other difficult moments in life.
Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” John 11:16.
Thomas had Jesus’ back! Jesus was returning to Judea, where the Jews had just tried to kill Jesus. Jesus was going back to raise Lazarus from the dead, but the disciples were concerned about his safety. When the disciples saw that Jesus was determined to go back to Judea, Thomas was willing to support him. He was willing to support him even if it meant dying. Who are you willing to support and how much? Are you willing to take a stand when your friend is in a personal crisis, like a break-up? Are you willing to risk your life for one you believe in and follow, like Jesus? When was the last time you stood up for a friend, a person whom you follow, someone in a difficult situation, or someone who could not stand up for themselves?
Being a part of the body of Christ means supporting one another, even if we don’t always agree. Maybe you need to take time to say thanks to the ones who have your back. Maybe you need to let others know that you have their backs, too. Whatever the case, we can be thankful that we are not alone. I’ve got your back!