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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Lone Ranger Christians



The Lone Ranger was before my time, but who hasn't heard of him, his horse, Silver, or his companion, Tonto?  He was a fighter of injustice in the Old West.  Being the Lone Ranger is okay in an old television series, but there's no need to act him out in your Christian life.

In the book of Acts, we read about  the beginning of the Church.  Believers began to come together under the office of the church to worship, pray, give, fellowship and care for one another's needs.  In Acts 2 we read:

Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.And all that believed were together, and had all things common  And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

What a blessing!  We don't have to struggle in our Christian life alone.  As believers in this Church Age, we have other Christians to encourage us, pray with us, share their testimonies of God's goodness, fellowship with, and bear our burdens.  Why then do so many go it alone?  In other words...why are there so many Lone Ranger Christians?  Even the real Lone Ranger had Tonto! What does a Long Ranger Christian look like?  They don't wear the black mask and ride a horse instead they...


  •  keep their burdens to themselves, instead of letting someone pray with and for them.  There are times that we need to just run to the Lord with a matter that no one else can be made aware of, but those times are the exception, not the norm.  
  •  avoid fellowship, choosing to isolate themselves from the very thing that would encourage their discouraged hearts. 
  • aren't faithful to services - they come a little here, a little there.
  • become critical of other Christians and excuse themselves from being a part of the church because of "them!  Who needs that?"
  • have little joy in their Christian life.  The Acts 2 passage says that they ate their meal together with gladness!  "A burden shared is a burden halved."  Sometimes just sharing a burden is enough to relieve the stress of it!  Even better when you can pray with someone and be encouraged with a Scripture passage!  No wonder they had joy, and no wonder Lone Ranger Christians have little!

If any of what I've shared is stinging to you, see it as the Holy Spirit drawing you to Truth.  He is the One who created the church.  Are you taking full advantage of the blessings of being a part of a good one   It's much easier to live the Christian life in the church with other believers than to go it alone!  "Hi-yo, Silver!  Away...to church!

With love,


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