And let us consider one another in order to provoke love and good works, not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching.
– Hebrews 10:24-25
Loneliness is one of the most disheartening feelings a person can experience. We weren’t meant to be lonely. Even in the biblical account of creation, after God pours forth life and goodness, putting the stars in place, filling the earth with land, water, and vegetation, and finally creating man in his image He found something that wasn’t good. Something wasn’t right. Something was missing. Finally, God declares: “It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make a helper fit for him” (Genesis 2:18). God created us not to be isolated beings, but rather people who live life with others.
Not only were we created to be in a community but we also need community. This is why the author of Hebrews gives two commands that simply cannot be disregarded: provoke love and good works and meet together consistently. Both are indispensable as we walk as followers of Jesus.
Paul Trip puts it this way, “We weren’t created to be independent, autonomous, or self-sufficient. We were made to live in a humble, worshipful, and loving dependency upon God and in a loving and humble interdependency with others. Our lives were designed to be community projects.” We need spaces where we are being taught, encouraged, warned, strengthened, forgiven, healed, restored, loved, rebuked, and delivered—all things we cannot provide ourselves.
Surprisingly, many Christians find themselves disconnected from Godly community, accountable relationships, and weekly connection with the family of God. Is there someone you know that needs a brother or a sister in Christ to encourage them right now? Let’s pray for those who have lost fellowship with the body of Christ and ask God how He can use us to help lovingly bring them back into Godly community.
Over 24 years ago West Ridge Church was started to be a place where people could grow to become fully devoted followers of Christ; where people could belong as they developed a love for God, grew in their faith, learned to serve in their unique spiritual gifting, and felt a personal responsibility to share Jesus with whoever would listen. So as we pray together for our church, let’s ask God to continue to shape us into a place for hurting people; where every person knows they belong and are given an opportunity to continue to become a devoted follower of Jesus!