Are you involved in the lives of other believers? Are you actively seeking opportunities to reach out to your brothers and sisters in the Lord? Are you allowing God to use other people in your life to minister to you?
John Donne from the 17th century once wrote:
"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."
Since you and I are involved in the mankind, how much more should we be involved in the lives of other believers? Jesus prayed for us to be united during His darkest hours here on earth. "I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me." John 17:23 "And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them." John 17:26
We are called to live in LOVE & UNITY. It's extremely important for us to express God's love to each other. It's important to live in unity with other believers. As you look around you, you see the world heading in the opposite direction. We, as a society, are getting further and further from unity.
Coffeeshops used to be a place where people used to get together and hang out. Not any more. We get our individual cup. We sit at our individual table with our little, tiny seat and our little, tiny chair, and we feel like, all of a sudden, we’re not lonely anymore, because everyone that we’re not talking to is in the room with us. People are there because they don’t want be alone; but if you talk to them, they will call the police.
The number of sit-down restaurants is down, but the number of fast-food places has doubled in the last 25 years. People don’t get together with friends, go to a restaurant, sit down and have a bite to eat. They drive up to some clown, they order something, and they eat it in their car while they’re talking on their phone all by themselves.
People don't even know who their neighbors are anymore.
Watching movies, concerts and sporting events is up. We’re no longer a culture of participants, we’re a culture of observers. We watch other people do the work, and we talk about how bad they are. “That guy stinks. Honey, get me another soda.” You can’t even get up and go to the fridge, let alone run into the end zone.
And unfortunately, all that carries over to our church. We became passive observers in the church.
I would encourage you to get back to the example of the early church:
"All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 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, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." Acts 2:44-47
They expressed their involvement in 2 ways:
1) They shared WITH SOMEONE; money, time, food, encouragement, reproof.
2) They shared IN SOMETHING; a situation, a failure, and an emotion. They were never alone.
As you look at this early church, how do you compare? Are you involved in other Christians lives? Do you build bridges that link your life with others, or do you isolate yourself on a deserted island? Even if you are surrounded with many islands of Sunday faces, you can still be lonely. Because islands, no matter how close they are to each other, are still separated from each other.
The only cure for loneliness is to BUILD RELATIONAL BRIDGES.
Posted on Mon, February 20, 2012
by Attila Juhas