A lot of times, Christ-followers just don’t get it – that our faith was meant to be lived in community with others – little platoons where we know and are known, love and are loved, serve and are served, celebrate and are celebrated. In fact, every truth taught in this letter was meant to be interpreted and lived out in a small group. We’ve lost the essence of this. Out of fear, or because we simply will not take the time to obey – we choose a solo existence which is a recipe for spiritual mediocrity. We desperately need others in our lives. In fact, God has called us to build into others – like Paul did Timothy, and then allow others to love, serve and challenge us. Who we ‘hang’ with will determine who we become. And when it’s all said and done, what we will truly value about our lives is the difference we’ve made in others – and the relationships we’ve built.
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