What if I told you, Christian, that there is something you might be doing that is keeping your life from the spiritual sweetness you want? What if I told you that there is something about your life that you can work to change that will increase the pleasantness of your experience here on earth? Would you want it? Would you do it?
Psalm 133 (ESV)
1 A Song of Ascents. Of David.
Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell in unity!
2 It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down on the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down on the collar of his robes!
3 It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the Lord has commanded the blessing,
What would give us all a more pleasant life as believers? According to the word of God, there is a glorious sweetness when brothers dwell together in unity. I think it is safe to say that this is a pointer to the fact that it is good, very good, when the people of God are strongly committed to one another. If we want a sweet life in the here and now, part of how to get it is to be deeply committed to the local church.
God wants you and me to see just how sweet it is when the people of God share their lives together in a common, unified cause. This is what the church is about. We are those called out of the world and gathered together for worship and mutual edification under the word of God and in the Spirit of God.
Now, examine your own life, Christian. Are you committed to your local church? Do not think, by the way, that you are if it is easy for you to skip the gathering of the saints together for worship. Do not think that you are committed to the local body if it is easy for you to have weeks go by without you connecting with other Christians other than in passing in a church hallway on a Sunday morning. We are to dwell together. Our lives are to interconnect. This cannot happen if we are skipping church for just any old thing that comes up. Nor can it happen if we are keeping to ourselves in every aspect of our lives other than a plastic smile on a Sunday morning as we go through the motions of the worship service.
Let me urge us all as believers to be sure that we are committed to life together in Christ. That means we do not forsake the gathering of the saints for worship (cf. Heb. 10:24-25). It also means that our lives are lived in a connected fashion. So go to small groups. Go to Sunday School classes. Go to home-based Bible studies. Go to prayer groups. Get together for coffee or dinner or whatever fits your style. Speak to each other in kindness. Genuinely care. Make the people of God be a delight to your soul, and you will find that what God has shown us in Psalm 133 is true. It is a good, pleasant, fitting thing when we live together as family in unity.