The great reformer Martin Luther wrote, “at home, in my own house, there is no warmth or vigour in me, but in the church when the multitude are gathered together, a fire is kindled in my heart and it breaks its way through.”
Have you ever known the experience of Martin Luther? At home, despite your best efforts it can be a grind at times to read, to pray, or to worship. This is not to suggest that it is always like this. Perhaps you have known great times of private reading of Scripture, deep times of personal prayer, or rich times of worship alone. Perhaps Martin Luther is exaggerating, but we can understand his point.
Faith is personal, but it’s not private. It’s not a solo journey. There is something that enriches our faith when we get together. If you are reading this, you may already understand this. It’s the reason Christians around the world throughout history have gathered together in homes, in the open spaces, in caves, or in cathedrals. It is not about the location, but the gathered community.
In Hebrews the writer exhorts us to make coming together a priority. He writes, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching”.
When we gather, God works on us in ways that are harder alone. To gather together is not an optional aspect to faith, it is vital to growing in our walk with God, and essential to the encouragement of others who are walking with Christ.
Our hope and prayer for you is that you would go deeper and deeper in your walk with Christ. This will require some choices and the simplest one you can make is to be here at Mosaic week in week out, and let God do what he chooses to do when we gather together.