Friends, to me following Jesus is an *us* and *we* and not an *I* and *me* type of life and journey. Right at the very start of humankind God said, “It is not good for man to be alone.” (Gen 2:18) We are meant to be part of a Body, part of a team, part of something bigger than just ourselves.
Looking at the New Testament passage in Hebrews 10:23-25 it says, “Let *us* hold unswervingly to the hope *we* profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let *us* consider how *we* may spur *one another* on towards love and good deeds. Let *us* not give up meeting *together*, as some are in the habit of doing, but let *us* encourage *one another*- and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
We are called a Body for good reason, we need one another and we should appreciate and honor the fact that HE has put us together in such a Divine fashion. Sure there are times when we will all walk through a desert or wilderness alone for a season or few, but overall we need fellowship with other Christ followers. It is not a Law that we should gather together with other believers, it is a blessing that we *get* to meet together with others who love Jesus. I know that some use the Hebrews passage to try and control, shame and manipulate folks into going to their “church” building whenever the doors are open. Duty and obligation are the complete opposite of freedom in Christ. However, those verses are not at all about attending a “church” meeting, they are actually about relating to one another and participating in all aspects of life together in Christ.
I love getting together and just hanging out with other sincere followers of Christ. Because when we come together in HIS name, Jesus is right there in our midst. (Matthew 18:20) Sure there are moments when we just need to be alone with Jesus so that we can better listen and pray. Because even Jesus withdrew from the crowds for some alone time with The Father occasionally.
We should desire fellowship with others because that is Christ’s desire for us. When we gather HE is able to speak quite clearly through each member as the Spirit leads and He gives us the comfort and direction we need to keep pressing on forward in HIM. Plus we need others in our lives to confirm the things we feel The Spirit is revealing to us. Because… “every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.” (Matthew 18:16) So it is not good to be alone all of the time, because we all need to be “spurred on towards love and good deeds”, in spite of our circumstances at any given moment.
I know these words are hard to hear and swallow for those of you out there that are alone and struggling. I am in contact with many Christ followers who are all alone and without face to face fellowship, but I love to travel and meet with them whenever possible too. We fellowship as best as we can online, but it is just not the same as being face to face. Please keep praying that The Lord will bring others of like heart and mind alongside you. I know that is my prayer for all of you out there in cyberland.
Love and …..
Kirk Out !