Some of us do consider ourselves believers, but for whatever reason we choose not to be a part of a church congregation. Don’t think you’re too good, knowledgeable, or too strong in faith to not slip up when it’s just little ol you . On the contrary when it’s just you with your eyes; ears; tongue; and thoughts, you are just like a lost sheep treading into a area with wolves.
That devil. He sure likes to pick on us we’re alone doesn’t he? A good example is Eve, the mother of all living. Notice how the devil approached her when she was alone. In Christian pioneer and author Ellen White’s “The Truth About Angels”, White goes into detail about what took place in the Garden of Eden. Both Adam and Eve were informed by Heavenly messengers about the devil’s presence and his intentions to pull them away from God. The first couple were instructed to be cautious. Eve was cautioned not to stray from her husband because if she and Adam were separated from each other the danger of falling would be greater than if they were united. I think we all know by now how the story ended.
“Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NKJV
When in the presence of other believers, they can act as your conscious when yours seems to be compromised. They can encourage you to not cave into whatever temptation you are facing. They can witness to you when you are feeling at your lowest of lows. This is why a church is necessary. Not so we can have a saints only club or bask about how knowledgeable or how superior we think we are to non church goers, but because a believer needs to be with others who can be their encourager, crutch, confidant, prayer warrior, and friend.
What can you do when you are by yourself? After all we can’t be in church everyday and see our church family all the time. This is when a cellphone doesn’t become a distraction or an idol. Communicate with your fellow believers through texting and phone calls. If you dare, follow them on social media. I’m blessed to be in a group chat where church members take my prayer requests, wish me Happy Sabbath, remind me of church events, and give me spiritual food directly from the Bible every morning.
A believer should call on Christ for anything. But at the same time, Christ does not want us to try to walk upright by going at it alone. Eve had her husband Adam. Moses had his brother Aaron. David had his best friend Jonathan. The apostles had each other. Let us have some company.
Thank you for reading, and God Bless!