Sometimes, actually, a lot of times, I really suck. You may be thinking, “Sure, we all suck in ourselves.” This is true, but even though we’re in Christ we’re faced with a challenge to actually walk in Him, which is only done by His grace, rather than to rely on the natural man that is in reality, dead. Seclusion from the body of Christ is something that’s really harmful for a believer. Whether we’re deceived into thinking we can serve and seek God all on our own or we get too distracted and simply don’t have time to fellowship with each other, it’s not good. I’ve said this in other posts before, the Christian life is a corporate life, one lived in community centered around Jesus Christ. In this community we’re all equal. Regardless of race, gender, culture, interests, social status, we’re equal and one. In the community of God there is no hierarchy and we have Christ as the head. We’re all priests and we therefore all have a responsibility to share Christ and His riches with each other. Check out what the writer of Hebrews says:
Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. – Hebrews 3:12-14
This excerpt goes right along with the many “one anothers” found in the New Testament. Reading this, it seems that if we aren’t exhorting each other all the time, everyday even, then we run a greater risk of falling away God altogether. We may not come out and publicly say we no longer care about God, but perhaps we’ll become deceived into thinking we’re living ok when in reality we aren’t walking in Christ. We can become deceived because there is no accountability and no encouragement. I know from experience that it’s far too easy to get caught up simply living our lives and in turn just keep God in the back our minds when He Himself should be living this life through us to His glory. We need to constantly be challenged, encouraged and pushed toward Christ by our brothers and sisters.
This whole corporate life thing has to be intentional. It takes sacrificing our schedules, interests and hobbies as a result of loving Jesus and His body more than ourselves. The Spirit of God will bring us to this place, He will accomplish it. But we have to let Him do it and stop ignoring the truth. Let it all be done by Him and to His glory.