And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25
We are communal creatures. God made us so. The current COVID crisis should have made that painfully clear by now.
I recently watched a pole-vaulting competition. It’s an individual sport, yet the competitors, absent having a team, cheered each other on and hugged to celebrate the winner’s victory!
Christianity is a team sport. We’re all in this together, the one body of Christ, the church. It’s not impossible to keep going without teammates urging you on, but it’s a lot harder! St. Paul even urged his churches to not forsake meeting together as some had.
Can you be a Christian all by yourself? I suppose so, but it’s lonely and even dangerous. We’re told that the devil prowls about like a hungry lion, seeking anyone he can devour. If you’re a solitary Christian, you’re like a gazelle without a herd – easy pickings.
You’ll have no one to pick you up when you need a boost, no one to encourage you and help you to maintain sound doctrine. Like I said – easy pickings!