If recent polls can be trusted, an upsurge of Lone Ranger spirituality is occurring in the United States. Church attendance is down. Biblical beliefs are being abandoned. More and more of our fellow citizens are looking inward, online, and out-of-doors for the uplift they once sought in church sanctuaries.
How different from Jesus! He made it His practice to join in synagogue services regularly (Luke 4:16). But today, people no longer take Him as an example. They settle for what is loosely called “spirituality” and try to nurture their souls without the timeless traditions of congregational praise, prayer, biblical instruction, and edifying fellowship.
To gather regularly with other worshipers is an uplifting source of comfort, inspiration, and emotional strength. The Bible urges us not to forsake “the assembling of ourselves together” (Hebrews 10:25).
We should, of course, have regular devotional times by ourselves. Just as surely, we need the blessing of uniting with other believers for worship and fellowship. We need to spend time together “in order to stir up love and good works” (v.24). We need to make it our habit to worship with others. We need one another.
We each can have sweet fellowship with Jesus
As through the Word we learn to trust Him more;
But we must also meet with one another
As in His name we worship and adore. —Hess
Christians are like coals of fire—together, they glow; apart, they grow cold.