We hear the words, "Church Family" often. It's more often emptier words than it should be. Humans were created for fellowship, relationship, community, friendship and all the pain and joy that it brings. Living and dying all alone is not God's best for any of us.
This is not an argument for why you need to "Join" a church. That's another discussion. It is however an argument why you and I need to be connected to people of like precious faith. People who care. People who will be involved and keep up with you. How important it is to have fellowship and live in community where you will be missed if you aren't there.
Some people find that in a club. Some in a bar. Some in work. That's all good, but if you are a believer perhaps you need to be with others who share your passion for things of God. Iron sharpens Iron. We all know that. Yet. Sometimes the sharpening hurts. It's painful to go thru the process.
In ministering to people, many are alone, many are lonely, many are hungry for human interaction. That is why social media has taken off.. but there is an illusion. Social media is no replacement for human touch. We need each other.
This is particularly true when difficulty and crisis hits. I spoke with two men yesterday who are now single again. Marriages dissolved. For both of these precious men my consolation is that they need to be connected with others.
I will grant you that the church is often weak in this area. It can be as superficial as social media. Yet who else are you going to bond with. You need people around you to speak words of encouragement, words of faith, words of hope when you don't have any. You need to be around people who are of good cheer who won't drag you down.
Protect your heart.
But don't be alone. Find other believers. Stay in fellowship.
You know this, but perhaps we need to hear it once again:
A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12
I don't often link to things on this blog, but this word came out of reading this tragic story of a man who died alone. We need each other.