Isolation: Enemy of the Believer
Isolation is an enemy of the believer. We were meant to be in fellowship with one another, so when we’re not, our lives are out of balance. If you’re like me, isolation is one of those things that slips up on you — like realizing you’re out of shape after 6 months of not exercising.
I tend to isolate myself. It’s a weakness. Because it’s a weakness, I don’t always know I’m doing it, and because it’s a weakness, I’m pretty good at covering it up.
I’ve tried to pinpoint the reasons I isolate myself, and I’ve realized a couple. One is because I don’t mind being alone. I need my alone time, and when life is overwhelming, I need my space. I don’t really see any harm in that. But the other is far more harmful; I withdraw when someone has hurt me. When I’ve been hurt, I isolate myself, and I will let one person keep me from hundreds. Unfortunately, 6 months can pass before I recognize what I’m doing.
Are you isolated? What causes you to withdraw? Are you sitting in your home alone, at your desk, in the coffee shop assuming things in your mind that may not be true?
The gospel is the truth that opens our eyes, and other believers must have a door into our lives to listen and speak that truth. Our isolation has to be shattered. If we continue to live our lives withdrawn, believing lies, we will sit stagnant, living as orphans without hope, and that is not who we are.
But, if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another. 1 John 1:7