CS Lewis in his book “The Four Loves” talks about being a part of a circle of friends who were very, very close to one another. When one them, Charles died, CS Lewis found out something very interesting through the experience.
He writes, “In each of my friends there is something that only some other friend can fully bring out. By myself I am not large enough to call the whole man into activity; I want other lights than my own to show all his facets. Now that Charles is dead, I shall never again see Ronald’s reaction to a specifically (Charles’) joke. Far from having more of Ronald, having him ‘to myself’ now that Charles is away, I have less of Ronald.”
Do you understand what CS Lewis is saying? Now that Charles has gone he thought he would have got more of Ronald, but instead he got less of Ronald. He lost the part of Ronald that only Charles could bring out.
Have you considered that there are facets of your being that are only brought out by another? This is critical to understanding the value of meeting together. When you are not here when we gather together, there are parts of you that are not being realised. There are parts of you that only another at Mosaic can bring out. God designed us to need one another.
This also applies to God. No one person can know all there is to know about God. The part that you know and understand is not just for you, but for the whole community. When you hold back from community, then you deny someone else the experience of God that has been your privilege to know.
How many times have you seen the actions of another, been in a conversation, on the end of a prayer and through the activity of someone else here your understanding and experience of God is broadened. The community brings out the fullness of God that you cannot achieve alone.
It is so easy to see faith as a solo journey but when we make it so, we deny ourselves the opportunity to know God and to know ourselves the way that can only be brought out in the context of community.