May 17, 2017

May 17, 2017


Focus Verse: He did right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father Uzziah had done; however he did not enter the temple of the Lord. But the people continued acting corruptly.
2 Chronicles 27:2


I am going to follow up yesterday’s devotional on the importance of an individual relationship with the exact opposite today. We NEED corporate worship. The Bible calls us to walk in community, and it is an absolutely beautiful thing. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit have been walking in community before the beginning, and they call us to do the same.


In the passage today, we see a complete failure on the part of Jotham, the new king of Judah, to walk in community and make disciples of the people of Judah. He had an outstanding personal walk with God. He followed the Lord with all of his heart and didn’t fall into the same sins that his father, Uzziah had.


But that was where it stopped…and we cannot stop there!


Jotham didn’t bring anyone with him. He didn’t invite the people of Judah to follow him as he followed God (1 Corinthians 11:1), he didn’t entrust the things God was teaching him to other faithful people who would teach these things to others (2 Timothy 2:2).


Now I still stand on what I said yesterday, we cannot depend on someone else’s experience with God to fuel our relationship with Him. This is NOT, however, an excuse to walk alone. I hate to be super black and white here, but I believe the Word of God is pretty black and white here: you CANNOT grow into the fullness of God if you aren’t doing it with someone else. How can you become more like Christ if you’re doing it alone? He didn’t do it alone!


God has called us to an individual relationship with Him, in a community of others. If you aren’t brining someone with you, if you aren’t teaching and training and doing life with someone else, FIND SOMEONE! Jesus commands us to make disciples! And we can’t make disciples alone.

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