We need a community of love
One of the themes that courses through the New Testament and is a repeated theme of this devotional is that your walk with God is designed by God to be a community project. Anonymous, consumerist, isolated, independent, self-sufficient, “Jesus and me” Christianity is a distant and distorted facsimile of the faith of the New Testament. You and I simply were not created (“It is not good that the man should be alone”; Genesis 2:18) or re-created in Jesus Christ (“For the body does not consist of one member but of many”; 1 Corinthians 12:14) to live all by ourselves. The biblical word pictures of temple (stones joined together to be a place where God dwells) and body (each member depended on the function of the other) disseminate any idea that healthy Christianity can live outside of essential community.