“Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore; those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.” Psalm 12:1
The Christian life can seem lonely at times. Jesus doesn’t promise us that we will always be liked or in the majority. In fact, He promises the opposite…
“If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” John 15:19
“Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:14
“You will be hated by everyone because of Me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” Matthew 10:22
God created us to be in community. After He created Adam, Adam searched for a suitable helper, but none could be found among the animals. God created Eve and she became his wife, his friend. This was the start of community. In Hebrews 10, we are further encouraged to gather together in biblical, gospel-centered community to encourage one another and to spur each other on to love and good deeds. We are told not to neglect our gatherings. The gathering of saints at church is good for the soul.
Now, the church is just a building where the Church gathers. The Church is the global body of believers, the bride of Christ. Now, many people come to church for different reasons. They come because their parents did and it’s just something they have always done. Some go because they think that by showing up it means that God is pleased with them. Others because they have a friend who keeps inviting them.
In the United States, Christians do not face persecution like what other parts of the world face (and what the Church throughout history has faced). Those with frivolous reasons for coming to church are not faced with the threat of beatings, prison, or death, so little thought is put into the decision to go. How many of the people that we see in church on Sundays would still be there if they actually had to put their life on the line to be there? For some churches, Sundays would be a very lonely place with plenty of once familiar faces missing from the pews.
It is in those times where we seem to be the only one holding on to biblical truth, where everyone seems to be abandoning the ship of Christianity, Satan will come and whisper “You are all alone”. Fear and isolation are powerful. We want to be safe, we want to be comfortable…we want to be liked. This is when sin creeps in and the once loyal become like the world.
Don’t believe the lie…you are not alone!
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
“Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
“I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, the Spirit of truth” John 14:16-17
When the world is falling apart, Jesus will not leave us. When all seems lost, Jesus is always there. This is why the Church is so important. This is why if you are not in community with other believers, you need to start. Believers should not neglect gathering together because we remind each other that though the world the is fallen, we are not alone and the Lord will keep us and guard us forever.
“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God.” Philippians 1:27-28