Throughout church history, Christians understood the value of solitude.
Somehow, we've forgotten that.
Everyone needs time to be alone. To think deeply about things that matter; to connect with God.; and to study His Word.
That solitude needs to then be balanced with service to others.
We seem to have lost that, too.
Somehow, Christianity has devolved into a religion devoid of its two most critical ingredients: solitude and service. Instead, we have this strange concoction of gathering huge crowds…who sit passively.
No solitude. No service.
And we wonder why our faith has lost its power.
What the Bible Says About Solitude
"Because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat [Jesus] said so them, 'Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.' " - Mark 6:31
I experience God's power when I walk in divine rhythm.— Becoming a Vessel of God's Power
God has always commanded us to both come and go. There have always been those who willingly come, who sit at his feet and learn, and learn, and learn. But they never get up out of the pew to go.
Then there are others who gladly go, but who sometimes do more harm than good because they do not first seek God, are not securely grounded in him, and don't return to him before they are depleted.
Just as there is a need for both spiritual fruit and spiritual gifts, there's a need for both the inward spiritual reality and practical outreach. We need solitude to develop spiritual fruit. And we need service to express our spiritual gifts.
How can you balance your natural tendency toward either coming or going?
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