The Doctor for one of my dear friends diagnoses cognitive decline in his patients. He states without reservation that “The most vibrant firing up of the brain occurs with true human interaction”! Likewise,from the very beginning, our God commands, “It is not good for the man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18). God the Creator challenges each of us to be in community in such a way that supports LIFE! He does not create “lone rangers.”
I get it. People are messes. Hey, my hand is up. I am a mess and thank God daily that my dear wife, kids, family, grandkids (most importantly…😊) and friends believe that I am worth the investment of their time. As much as I try to pull away to my own little world, they won’t let me. I am so grateful that they are obedient to two dynamic verses in Hebrew 10, “24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Notice how consistent these verses are with what the good Dr. says above. “Spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together.”
From the beginning, community was a priority in the first century church. Look at the LIFE dynamics of the following verses which occurred immediately in the church in Acts 2. “42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
Again, God does not want us to be “lone rangers.” As much trouble as it may be, friendships are worth your time. I get it. You may have had some terrible relational experiences and may be saying quietly in your heart right now, “I have been hurt and disappointed multiple times and do not want to invest my emotions towards another…enough is enough. My plan is to work and go home. I won’t bother others and expect them not to bother me. I will keep to myself which is my only safe place.” Please do not shrink your world. Include others. Pray with faith daily for a friend(s). Then, be watchful and see what God does. Conversely, if you have been blessed with dear friends, do not take them for granted. Love them, pray for them, spend time with them, spur them on, be open and authentic with them! Not only is this important to God, it is healthy for your own wellbeing.