Hebrews 10:25, "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."
Matthew 18:20, "For where two or three gather in My name, there am I with them."
The iconic song, "Life is a Highway," has been enjoyed for years by people of all ages and stages of life. The song beautifully portrays our need for people who will stick with us when "the road is rough." Why does that hit home for so many? Because God never intended for us to travel life's highway alone.
Although it's our tendency as humans, we weren't created to navel-gaze and focus on ourselves 24/7. We weren't meant to live in isolation. We were created for community! That's why we must be intentional about spending time at God's full-service filling station - the local church. Otherwise, we'll be living life on "E" rather than hitting on all cylinders with a full tank, as God intended.
God is not a "side of the road" God with His thumb out, hoping for a ride. He is the ride and the road for true success. He wants us to navigate life with like-minded people heading toward the same ultimate destination – Heaven. And, He wants us to invite others to join us on the journey. When we do, we give God the glory He deserves.
Take a friend-ventory. Are you aligning yourself with others who point you towards Jesus? Friends who encourage you and are willing to speak the truth in love? If so, great! If not, you can meet and connect with amazing people in the local church. Signing up to serve and joining a connect group are great ways to start!
Dear Lord, thank You for being the ultimate source of love and direction in my life. Help me to have intentional relationships with those who also live for Your glory and have a passion for Your house. Life is better together with You in the center. In Jesus' name, Amen.