“Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.” Proverbs 18:1
I have come across many people who believe that we do not need to go to church to be Christians. Well they are partially correct. We do not need to go to church but God has called us to be in fellowship with other Christians, learning from them and His word. When we choose to not be in fellowship we leave ourselves open to selfish tendencies and lack good judgment. We forget who may need to see us, who may need encouragement from us and who may be waiting for our fellowship.
Church is not what you can get out of it but what you can put into it!
People will visit a church and say they “don’t like the worship style, the teaching style, the programs” or whatever else doesn’t fit into their church mold. But what if for once we went to church with the attitude of who can I reach out to today, how can I pitch in or where am I needed?
Years ago, I was talking with someone about how they were feeling stale at the church we had been attending. That person was telling me they felt like they were not getting anything from being there anymore. I tried to remind her that it is not about us but about God. Sometimes He is just wanting us to open our eyes to those around us who need us.
Instead of waiting to be asked, take the walk across the room and tell them you are there to help, listen or just to be by their side.
Why do you think you need to always be the one receiving support? Since when is your desire more important than another’s?
When you isolate yourself, you are robbing yourself and others of a friendship. You could be having a meaningful conversation, sharing uplifting words of encouragement or just a shoulder to lean on. You are a thief stealing precious moments away, all because you do not want to be a part of the fellowship.
Come out of isolation, surprises await those who take a chance.