We Need Each Other
Read Psalm Chapter 36
Heb 10:23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 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.
Over the past ten years or so, I’ve spent more time in personal bible study than I did in all the years prior to that time combined. My quiet time with God’s word and communion with Him has gotten so important in my life that I cannot imagine life without that time with the Lord. As I have become more entrenched in that mode of worship, I have slowly developed an attitude of – “my time alone with God is all I need. I don’t get as much out of corporate worship (church) as I do in my private times.” Whether that is true or not, the danger is that I might come to believe that worship with other believers isn’t important. I have had to reign in that kind of thinking. It is dangerous!
This became very clear to me recently. One of my FB friends posted something which drew me back to reality. He put up an article on FB in which a writer expressed similar thoughts about how corporate worship had become unfruitful for him. As bad as that is, this friend also posted his personal thoughts – that he had quit going to church some time ago for the same reason. On one hand, I wasn’t surprised; because my friend has been slowly slipping away from truth for quite some time. On the other hand, I was surprised, because I never would have thought he would get to a point when church worship would not be a part of his life.
That is what brought me back to reality. I need to worship with others. I have not abandoned doing so, but my thought processes had gone more than one step in that direction. We are asked to gather together with other believers. The Lord never allowed one of His own to be a private worshiper, having nothing to do with other believers. The NT Christians in particular gathered together at every opportunity. So must we.
It is easy for any of us to get off on a wrong track in our way of thinking. Personal bible study is an absolute necessity. Without it, a preacher or teacher can lead us away from biblical truth. However, we can also go astray if our personal bible study is never tested within a body of other believers. Of course, a group of believers can also go astray, but it is more likely that an individual would go off course if he never met with other Christians. Let us gather together with other believers; not just in our local church body, but also in a small group bible study. It keeps us on track. Tomorrow, we will see what can happen if we fail to heed this advice.
Prayer: Thank You for allowing me to see that my personal bible study is not a replacement for corporate worship; it is only one of many ways of worship which You ask of me. I pray for my friend, that he also will see that his wandering mind is leading him further and further away from You. May we all stay balanced in all our ways of thinking. Father, don’t let any of us get off track.