Solitude is Not an Option

by Lee Buford on August 9, 2011

Solitude is a great thing in its proper place. As a follower of Christ, the importance of spending time alone with God, in His Word and in prayer, cannot be overstated. It’s a must. And most of us would agree that we need to do more of it.

But there’s also a great need in society today for professing Christians to stop spending so much time alone…not in terms of time spent alone with God, but specifically relative to the time spent in fellowship and worship with other believers. Sadly, many don’t attend weekly church services, Bible studies, or any type of corporate gathering. Our church membership rosters are filled with the names of people who are never seen, heard from, or engaged in God’s design for their spiritual well-being and that of His Church.

Hebrews 10:25 commands us to gather as believers, “not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

Your relationship with God is NOT simply a private matter between you and God. Sure, some parts of it are, but God’s clear intention is for His children to gather regularly, love and encourage one another, pursue holiness together, fight sin together, and go make disciples together.

None of this can be accomplished in solitude. So if you or someone you know is not connected to a local church it’s time to take action. Get engaged. Commit to obediently following God’s plan for your growth, maturity, and sanctification. Pursue others out of love and responsibility. Invite them to your church, Bible study, or small group.

And be persistent…solitude is not an option.


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