For the last couple of days, we’ve talked about two of the three habits we see Jesus model as we study His life — solitude and Scripture memorization — and today, I want to talk about the third practice He exercised consistently, and that is gathering in community. Our Lord was not a loner. While He enjoyed extended periods of solitude, the purpose of those times was to bring Him back to people. He came to lay down His life for others, and He continually poured Himself out to His followers and gleaned strength from being with friends. His first miracle was performed at a wedding feast, and there He joined in a joyful days-long celebration and partook in all the festivities. He clearly understood the importance of having fun, but He also knew the significance of community in the hardest moments. When His soul was in anguish in the Garden of Gethsemane, He asked Peter, James, and John to accompany Him and uphold Him in prayer. He also gathered frequently with the twelve to share life and enjoy a meal — even on the night before He was captured. Our Lord undeniably found strength in relationships, and if we want to live with divine impact, we should do the same!
My friend, make a habit of gathering with other people. First and foremost, find belonging in a local congregation, and plant yourself there so you can be edified by “doing life” in the Body of Christ. Then, build and maintain deep and meaningful connections with fellow Christians who can spur you on and set you straight when you wander off God’s path. Also, make time for fun and fellowship — gather to share a meal or grab coffee, and set aside moments to celebrate important milestones. Be intentional in your relationships with others and know that they have the power to reveal your Savior’s love in fresh and powerful ways!