The Single Millstone

“The Egyptians, in their hieroglyphics, expressed the unprofit
ableness of a solitary man by a single millstone, which, being alone,
grindeth no meal, though with its fellow it would be exceedingly
profitable for that purpose.”

Let this serve as a symbol to those unsociable Christians who endeavor to
walk alone, and refuse to enter into the fellowship of the saints. They are
comparatively useless. The Lord has made us dependent upon each other for
usefulness. Our attainments are not put to their right use till they supply
the deficiencies of others : this is one side of our necessity for fellowship—we
need to associate with the weak, that we may find a sphere in which to trade
with our talents, by helping them. On the other hand, our infirmities and
deficiencies are meant to draw us into association with stronger brethren,
from whom we may receive help and direction. Whether we be of the stronger or
the feebler sort, we have an equal reason for seeking Christian communion. It
is of the nature of the Lord’s people to assemble themselves together, and
live in companies : wild beasts may roam the woods alone, but sheep go in
flocks. David said, ” I am a companion of all them that fear thee,” and he
showed his piety not only by being select in his company, but in loving such
fellowship when he found it.

O thou who didst call thy disciples ” friends,” give me ever the friendly spirit,
and make me to love all those whom thou lovest.

Charles Spurgeon, “Illustrations and Meditations”