My life’s walk with Jesus has been a very crooked line. More like a wandering through the forest without a path to follow. Hoping to come out on the other side. Church involvement is good but it can become a substitute rather than leading us to a deeper spiritual walk with God. It wasn’t until a little over 3 years ago when I joined a huddle group on Tuesday mornings that I realized we need brothers in Christ to walk with on a regular basis to help us find the path and just as importantly to stay on the path. At times when it is darkest in our life if we will lock arms with a brother, we can truly keep from getting lost.
We all battle as men trying to obtain power, to control our situations and life in order to be successful. It is this very narrow focus that doesn’t allow us to see to our left and right. These blind spots get us in trouble. The enemy of our soul trips us up with them. Our ego and our fierce self-reliance are an example. They keep us from the abundant life God desires for us (John 10:10). They can also produce great insensitivity in our hearts, hurting those closest to us. But when you have a huddle of brothers in the Lord there is confidence that each step is leading you to be shaped in the very image of Christ. This is what the apostle Paul says in his letter to the Romans. It is a purpose statement for all Christians. “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son…” Romans 8:29
I would also like to think I have helped keep some of my brothers who are looking out for me stay on the right path as well. Showing up with your heart, battle scarred and wounded in a huddle group that meets regularly can do this.