Christianity is a team sport. The lifestyle of a disciple should look less like a 100-yard dash and more like a relay race where the runners are dependent on each other to succeed. Jesus, set it up this way. At the beginning of time, we read the first-ever “not good” moment in history happened when Adam was alone. (Genesis 2:18) In other words – we are created for community. When we are outside of relationship, we are inside of what the Lord calls “not good.” Solomon affirms this idea in Proverbs, writing: “Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.” (Proverbs 18:1 ESV)
As we conclude our 21 days of prayer and fasting today, I want to encourage you to identify (at minimum) two things the Lord has shown you throughout these 21 days and initiate a time with someone to share how the Lord has been speaking to you. It’s during moments like these that we can either stay comfortable, distant, and silent, or we can grow deeper in our faith and community and share. This will require faith, initiation, and boldness, however, isn’t that why we’re here? To go beyond the surface in our walk with Jesus and one another in 2022?
I encourage you not to allow yourself to drift into isolation this year. Go deeper than that. When you feel tempted to retreat from community, begin praying “Lord, deepen my community. Take us beyond fake friendships, surface-able relationships, and selfish isolation. Lord, take us deeper for Your glory, my joy, and the good of others in my life. In Jesus Name, Amen!”