Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
Hebrews 10:23-25 (NLT)
In my journey to follow after the life of Jesus, I realize I wasn’t meant to live this life isolated and on my own. We don’t often think about the importance Jesus placed on fellowship in His life and how those deep relationships are powerful and vital to who we are as believers.
I love that when you look at the life of Jesus, you see a man full of love for people. He was a connector. Jesus sought out people not only to teach and train them, but to love on them and I submit to you, even to be encouraged by them. Jesus kept his brothers (and sisters!) of the faith closest to Him. He walked daily with them and in his closest circle of confidence, but was such a connector that in Luke, He says about Himself that people labeled him a friend of sinners because it was known he spent time eating, drinking and loving on the hurting world around Him. My word, may that be said of me. Who I see in Jesus, is that the God of the universe chose to honor celebration and the act of loving life and loving people with His very first miracle.
As believers, we cannot be fooled into thinking that we can go this alone, that we don’t need each other and that we are too busy to create bonds of accountability, deep friendships, and connections that come from living life together. A digitally connected and physically isolated life is so much less than God’s best for us. It’s important for us to laugh together, have fun together, to bear each other’s burdens, and have people we can depend on when we need them. And to learn the blessing of being that person to someone else. Jesus also commanded us to go – be a part of a hurt and broken society and share His love with them because He desires to share His heart with them too, and now we are His body and his hands and feet.
We need each other.