Thursday, May 29, 2008

Lettuce Together

"...let us draw near to God with a sincere heart...Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess...Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together...let us encourage one another...." (Hebrews 10:22-25 NIV)

Five commands or invitations for believers. But note! Of the five, three depend on us connecting with others. We cannot live a Christian life in isolation from others who share our faith. We must meet together, spend time together, spur and encourage one to another. Oswald Chambers writes: "Individuals can only live the true life when they are dependent on one another.... The Holy Spirit makes a man fix his eyes on his Lord and on intense activity for others."*

Are you trying to go it alone? Just you and God and no one else? I tried that once, many years ago. It didn't last long. Before I knew it, it was just me. I was leaving God out of the picture.

Dear Father, keep me from ever supposing that I can be a lone ranger with you at my side. Keep me always connected with other believers who can encourage me and spur me on to your higher purposes and who can and will do the same for me.


*In "The Moral Individual--1" in "Biblical Ethics" in The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers p. 97

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