Hebrews 10:23

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

It is in our nature to seek after independence. Although the pursuit of self-autonomy is healthy, it can quickly become destructive if it progresses to the extent of isolation. Aaron Ralston, a devout adventure seeker chose to neglect the cardinal rule of the outdoors, which is to “Never go alone” and as the result suffered severe consequences, escaping death only through the self-amputation of his right arm. It is easy to judge Aaron for his failure to exercise a concept that seems to many like common sense, however, we often violate this same cardinal rule in our Faith by trying to go at this life alone. We were designed NOT to live independently but DEPENDENTLY upon Christ and His Body. We were made for community. God’s word tells us, “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” (1Corinthians 12:12) If we strive to live this life alone we are essentially self-amputating the limbs of Christ’s body.

Take a look at the animal realm for instance. When a predator sets out to attack its prey, the prey often group together in efforts to make it more difficult for the attacker to seize a victim. It is the animals that get separated from the pack that are ultimately devoured by the enemy. God’s word informs us that as believers we have a real enemy that “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”-  His favorite prey being those that are trying to tackle life on their own! Knowing that we are designed for community let us come together and live united as the body of Christ, “not giving up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another –and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”