Lone Wolf

“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many” (1 Corinthians 12:12-14).

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Wolves have long been maligned in our culture—look no further than the story of little red riding hood and the big bad wolf—but though ferocious hunters, they are highly intelligent.

Wolves display an unwavering commitment to their family or pack. They live in community, and each wolf has its own role. The den mother spends her time caring for pups, while other wolves protect the pack and hunt for food.

A lone wolf does not survive long in the wild.

As Christians, the Bible calls each of us to live in community with other believers.

Acts 2:42 says, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

Spending time with other believers challenges us and spurs us to be more like Christ.

Hebrews 10:24-25 (NLT) says, “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”

Having a network of Christian friends also gives us a place to seek help, forgiveness, encouragement and prayer during life’s inevitable difficult times.

Galatians 6:2 says, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

This cannot happen if you are doing life alone. Your Christian walk should not be a solitary affair. If you try to be a lone wolf, you will find yourself feeling lost and disconnected.

If you feel like you are walking alone, pray for the Holy Spirit to help you get connected. It might take some effort on your part, too. Introduce yourself to the people you sit next to at church or join a Bible study group. Take the first step.

Psalm 133:1 says, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”

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>What are some other reasons living in community is important?

>What can you do to become more connected to other believers?

>Have you ever had a time when the body of Christ sustained you through a trial?