Tuesday, March 16, 2010

In Need of a Fellowship

One of the reason I believe in God is because there seems to be certain cravings that each person has in their heart.  On of these cravings is the craving for friendships.  Even the most introverted among us (which would be me), desires the companionship of good friends.

Take a moment and consider what John Eldredge wrote in Waking the Dead:
You must not go alone.  From the beginning, right there in Eden, the Enemy’s strategy has relied upon a simple aim: divide and conquer.  Get them isolated, and take them out...This is written so deeply on our hearts: You must not go alone.  The Scriptures are full of such warnings, but until we see our desperate situation, we hear it as an optional religious assembly for an hour on Sunday mornings (pp. 187-88).

One of the reasons I like Batman is because he is loner.  Sure there is Robin and the Justice League, but Batman prefers to do things by himself.  People know Batman can take care of himself, even though he doesn't have super powers.  He is tough, intelligent, and rich.  There is no doubt in my mind that Batman is the coolest super-hero ever created.

The problem with living the Batman lifestyle is that sooner or later it catches up to you.  Life was not meant to be lived alone.  When God created Eve for Adam it was not just about a man needing a wife, it was about people needing relationships.  Make no mistake about it we need each other, and the creation of a male and a female insured that a person would also have the opportunity for companionship.

We need each other on this journey to discover the life God created us to live.  There are many pitfalls, traps, and enemies along the way, which mean we will never finish the quest on our own.   This is what the wise King Solomon  wrote in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12:
Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor.  If one falls, the other can reach out and help.  But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble.  And on a cold night, two under the same blanket can gain warmth from each other.  But how can one be warm alone?  A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer.  Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken (NLT).

We need people just as Frodo needs Sam; Luke needs Han, Chewbacca, and Leia; Shaggy needs Scooby; the Lone Ranger needs Tonto; or Charlie needs Snoopy.  We cannot make this journey of faith on our own.  If we try we will be slowly taken out and the passion in our hearts for God will be quenched, and we will miss out on so much of the life God intends for us to live.

To be alone is heartbreaking and it makes life very difficult to live.  This is not about being in a romantic relationship; rather it is about having friends that you can count on in thick and thin.  One of the things I have learned to admire about C. S. Lewis is the fact that he had such great friendships.  Though he lived most of his life as a bachelor these relationships provided Lewis with the companionship that he need to find joy and hope in life.

I want to encourage you to find people who can be your companions.  Men we need other men in our lives who will challenge us, hold us accountable, and will go into battle with us as we fight for the hearts of those we love.  Women you need to find other women who will provide you with a sense of companionship to help you face all the challenges of the world.

If we do not hang together the Enemy will divide us and slowly steal away the life that God has created us to live.  Only by walking this road of faith together can we find the life God has in store for us.

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