“My faith is personal – I don’t need to get together with other Christians.”
I know you’ve heard that line once or twice in your life. Maybe you’ve said it yourself. And maybe for good reason. Relationships can be hard. And messy.
Let me be blunt here. It’s a lie.
You do need someone or someones. You do. You really do.
“No, I don’t,” you say? That kind of thinking isn’t useful in other areas of our lives, so why do we use it as an excuse in our walk of faith?
Would you run a company by yourself? No. Even if you are a solo business owner, you rely on the expertise of mentors, advisors and other professionals to help you be the best you can be.
Would you teach yourself? No. You need a teacher. If you want to learn something new, someone has written a book or done some research or you take a class to acquire new knowledge.
Being a Christ follower is no different. Certainly, we are taught by God. We also do a certain amount of growing on our own, but only to a point. And it’s not just about the learning. It’s about the DOING.
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,” Hebrews 10:24
Some translations replace “stir up” with words like provoke, stimulate, spur, motivate, encourage. Not a solo venture, this stirring up.
“As iron sharpens iron,
so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
Make no mistake. Iron sharpens iron, but iron can also wound, and wound deeply.
One gash created by an iron wielding careless christian can help to be healed by those grace-filed ones bringing the salve of companionship and authentic love. Ask God to bring you those. Yes, many of those Christians. The kind who carry the name of Christ in a beautiful, wonderful, messy way only those who’ve been touched by grace can.
Where are you right now? Whether you are an introvert or someone who has been deeply hurt by christians and the thought of returning to a “church” makes you physically ill, you still need others. You need a tribe who will support you & pray for you and stir you up and encourage you and provoke you and stimulate you and spur you on…and they are out there, waiting to meet you.
It’s time. You’ve been alone long enough. Don’t let yourself be alone in your faith any longer.
We are so much better, together.