There come certain points in my life when I crave solitude or prefer to do things on my own. These are precious times, I believe, yet I know, too, that one can only go so far by him/herself – – after all, God Himself said upon observing Adam, “it is not good for man to be alone.”
Through all these years of journeying with the Lord, I have seen again and again that truly, the ‘lone ranger Christian’ life is not only a myth, but an oxymoron. How else can the Great Commandment be lived out if not in the context of shared lives?
It’s been humbling how God has given me people — longtime friends, disciplers and discipleship groupmates, family most especially my dear husband — to share my ups and downs, bumps and smooth roads with. They have shared their journey with me, too, and what a privilege it has been to be a witness to how God has been at work in their lives!
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:36-40)
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. (Hebrews 10:25)