Tuesday, 27 September 2016
The dangers of disconnection
As I studied the chapter it occurred to me that this pattern is a recurring one in the bible. In Genesis 38 Judah isolates himself from his brothers and goes to stay with Hiram and basically lives as he likes, sleeping with what he assumes is a shrine prostitute. David, isolated from his men because he stays at home in the palace, sees, pursues, and commits adultery with Bathsheba and then murders Uriah. Peter finds himself isolated by the courtyard fire and ends up denying he knows Jesus.
Isolation and disconnection for the people of God is dangerous. It is hard to live in the world but not be of the world on our own. Which is why we are not on our own. Esther needs Mordecai to challenge and encourage her. Judah needs Tamar's actions which act as rebuke to make him realise how far he has fallen. David needs Nathan's prophetic challenge. Peter needs Jesus' loving restoration into the church.
Why would we be any different? We need one another and God knowing that gifted us the church. So invest in the relationships you have there. Connect don't just attend. Be discipled and disciple others don't settle for being a consumer because disconnection is dangerous for the people of God.