“He who separates himself seeks his own desire, he quarrels against all sound wisdom” (Proverbs 18:1).
Faith was never intended to be lived in isolation but, always, in the context of community. Withdrawn and disengaged, the natural tendency is to become self-absorbed; preoccupied with one’s own wants and desires. Only by active participation and engagement within a fellowship of believers is “self” kept in check, and focus maintained on the greater missional task of the church. We are not consumers in the marketplace; we are the sales team of “the company of the committed”.