A quarterback needs someone to pass the ball to in order to score. A point-guard needs someone to play defense to succeed. A striker in soccer needs a goalie to defend the team’s goal. None of these positions can succeed if they play the game like a Solo Sport. Likewise, a Christian needs a team to be able to live out God’s plan for their life.
Fortunately for us, God has already called a team together for us to be a part of, which is the Church. Church is much more than just a place to hear an encouraging message once a week, it’s also a place to meet fellow believers so you can encourage each other for the whole week.
Time and time again in God’s word we see Him call for the church to be a team. For example, in Paul’s second letter to Timothy, he writes:
“Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:3)
An important aspect of being a soldier is that you’re a part of an army. An army wins battles, while a single soldier is lucky to barely survive against an army. Army allows for fellow soldiers to watch our backs, while a lone soldier must constantly look out.
The point is, God calls us into a church, not to be a Lone-Ranger. Even in the beginning, after God created everything and saying it is good, notice what happens: “Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone…” (Genesis 2:18).
As for some people who are more experienced in the church, consider looking for someone you’ve never talked to before, introducing yourself and inviting them to one of our church’s events. It could be their first time at church, and your love for them could be the difference between them coming back, or sleeping in the next Sunday…
Don’t miss out on the church family. I can say that I used to be the Lone-Ranger Christian, thinking I could do life on my own. However, as I’ve had opportunities to be around fellow-believers, I can safely thank God for bringing me back into the way He wants me to go.
All-in-all, life isn’t a solo sport. God has graciously called us into a life of fellowship with Him and His children.
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,” (Hebrews 10:24).