Did you know you are not the only Christian? I know right? Mind-blowing! Close on heels of “do not neglect the gathering of yourselves together” is this gem, “let us be concerned about one another to promote love and good works.” Who knew there were others to “one another” about? And yet key to the Christian experience is the idea that there are others.
The greatest commandment in the New Testament is to “love one another as I have loved you.” That requires others. That requires community. You cannot be a Christian in isolation. How often do you see Christians alone in the New Testament? Where is the Christian discipline of solitude practiced? Yes, Paul did it, on the way to Athens. Once there, he preached a message, and suddenly he wasn’t alone anymore. Others believed his message and they became a community.
The medieval practice of the Christian hermit was never commanded in Scripture, and it should never be practiced today, especially when temptation abounds and we need to be accountable to one another, encouraging one another in love and in good works. Don’t be a Lone Ranger Christian. It’s not Christian. Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto.
God bless you today. Let’s get together. Love you all.