#TalkingThursday – If you don’t talk about Jesus who will?
Hello and welcome! This is the third post from the Lessons From My Masters Degree series. For more context, you can read the first post: “When God has moved on but you haven’t”, and the second post: “Fear of change prevents growth” .
Let’s jump in!
During my degree, pride and fear kept me isolated and isolation is NOT good. Especially for the upcoming Christian. The “it’s just me and God” mentality, is a selfish mentality. Even on the mission field, faith was designed to be lived out in a community of like-minded people. In the parable of the lost sheep, the 99 are safe because they are together – this is why the Good Shepherd can leave the 99 in search of the 1.
The principle of strength in numbers rings true for every Christian. Scripture says where there is unity; one shall chase a thousand, and two ten thousand (Leviticus 26:8; Deuteronomy 32:30). Each part of Christ’s body cannot function in isolation!
Scripture urges us to never forsake the gathering of believers (Hebrews 10:25), but I ignored this warning for a year and reaped grave consequences. I ended up falling into a pit of loneliness, laziness, depression, procrastination, sexual immorality and all sorts of other things. I was exposed to the world because I lacked the protection of the 99.
I became a dangerous loose cannon. All the signs of being a Christian were still there, but once you scratched the surface, you could see that the tree of life in me was fast drying up. The world was eating into me and my salt was losing its saltiness. I became what God dreaded the most: lukewarm.
But glory to God for His mercy! The good shepherd never lets the 1 slip out of his hands. He will not lose any of those who belong to Him. The Lord rescued me and brought me safely back into the fold.
And I have no intentions of wandering off ever again.
Join me next Thursday for the continuation of these lessons, I’ll be discussing: discomfort always comes before growth!
Grace & Peace.