TODAY’S MEDITATION – Jesus taught us to remain together (Matthew 18:20)

Today, many people are so concerned about their own situation that they tend to forget that Christianity is about the others first. Some also, as soon as they understand the Gospel, want to convert people immediately or go their own way… ALONE! That’s not the teaching of Christ. When He said, “truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:19), it is to tell us that we cannot walk our Christian lives alone… We need to fellowship with the others, pray with the others… and He Himself showed us that many times, sending His disciples to evangelise two by two (Mark 6:7), or taking them along with Him to the mountain to pray (Luke 9:28). If Jesus Himself took disciples to go and pray along with Him, how can you think you can walk your Christian life alone? My friend, doing so it putting your spiritual life at stake and becoming a lonely prey for the devil who “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:9). The same, Jesus taught His disciples about remaining together to wait for the Holy Spirit, and we read that the disciples indeed waited, TOGETHER: “They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty)” (Acts 1:13-15)… And we read this in the next chapter: “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place” (Acts 2:1). Yes, my friend, the Spirit of God cannot act powerfully in your life if you are not spiritually together with fellow believers! Now, let me also remind you that, if you have chosen to stay alone, away from the teachings of the Lord, do not forget that it is together that we will all be caught up to meet Him in the air when He returns (1 Thessalonians 4:17). Now, are you sure He will find you in faith or on the right post when He returns, while you are standing away from His church? This question is vital (Luke 18:8)… Whatever your role in God’s Kingdom today, it is your Christian duty to pray for the others, but also to mingle with fellow believers to gather more strength to pray, recruit and equip others to join in and serve Christ, for the harvest is great, but the the workers are few (Luke 10:2)… and do not deceive yourself: everything you pretend to do for the Lord, out of His own institution, is not for Him! Why? Because it is not His teachings. He said, ” Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me” (John 14:21). As a believer and a Christian, my friend, I encourage you to recall anyone believer you know who is walking alone, no matter what reasons, pretexts or excuses they have, that it is not the teaching of Christ. Not only has the Lord said that “because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:16) but Jesus also said, “no branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.” (John 15:4). Jesus is the Vine, Jesus is the Church! A true Christian has to remain in a church, for he/she is a member of the Body of Christ… Stay blessed in Jesus’ name. [facebook] [retweet]