Comparing Bees And Brethren
By Mike Riley
Experts in bee behavior say that bees cannot live in isolation. You might capture one bee and provide for him the best environment and ideal living conditions, but within three days he will die. It is essential that he be with other bees. The association in the bee community (hive existence), keeps all the bees alive — they depend on each other. You can keep bees but you can’t keep only one bee.
A Christian trying to live without associating with other Christians, will grow cold and become indifferent (Revelation 3:14-16). As the bee will die physically if he ceases associating with other bees, the Christian will eventually die spiritually speaking (Revelation 3:1; cf. 1 Timothy 5:6).
As with bees, there is something vital about the relationship Christians share together. The more we work together in a spirit of UNITY, the more alive and productive we become (cf. Romans 1:7-8; Philippians 1:1-6; Colossians 1:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-8; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4).