The Pitfalls Of Isolation
The word for church in the Greek is the word “ekklesia” and it means the called out ones. It is important for us to know who we are in Christ and the importance of the church. Ephesians 1:22-23, “And He (Jesus) put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him that fills all in all.” We are more than a group of people strolling into a building several times a week like cattle at feeding time. We are the fullness of Jesus, and we are to be filled with the Holy Spirit to function as a body in ministry, in life, in love, and in power! The presence and power of Almighty God in our midst should be so strong that sickness, pain, depression, and anything contrary to God is obliterated. Signs, wonders, and gifts of the Holy Spirit should be the “norm” in our midst. People will be more readily able to be born-again, filled with the Holy Spirit, and equipped to do the work of the ministry and represent Jesus to a lost, a hurting, and a dying world in love, character and in power!
Now the antithesis or opposite in principle is isolation. Understand friends that the devil’s strategy is to divide and conquer, to isolate and dominate. His aim is to instill in you and offense or to get you in discord so he can isolate you, and disrupt the flow of the Holy Spirit in the body. Proverbs 18:1-2, “A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire. He rages against all wise judgment. A fool has no delight in understanding, but in expressing his own heart.” Can you see it? The person that cuts himself off from others will soon be out of step with the rest of the body. He doesn’t care about the body anymore. He is only concerned with expressing his own heart with no intention of understanding anything or anyone else.
We must make a concentrated effort to do our part and be a “constructive” part of this glorious body of Christ called the church in which Jesus is the head over all.