My daughter did not get to call me “Daddy” at first. There were times it sounded as though she was even calling me “Temi”. I would say call me daddy but nothing happened.

We had cause to visit our friends in Lagos. She heard them call “Daddy”. That was all the change we needed. Everything we were struggling to make her know was settled by fellowship.

You can not grow in isolation. The tree cannot grow without the ground. The branch cannot produce fruits without the tree. It would be impossible. We are wired for connection and not isolation. Anything that is isolated will soon lose life.

Listen! You are a part of the body of Christ. You are not the body of Christ. If you are a part, then you will love and function by connection and not isolation.

A young man walked into church couple of times but I noticed he was not stable. I asked him what the matter was. He said that he attended different churches. I asked him a simple question: “If you plant a tree on ground A today and move it to Ground B next week and take it to Ground C the following week and return it to B again and back to A and sometimes to D because there is a special fertilized ground there and then back to A, what will happen to the tree?” The tree dies.

Some Christians are that tree. They have lost their identity. They are not pastored by anyone. They are not rooted anywhere that is why rottenness is taking over gradually.

I know that it is for marriage that it was stated that “It is not good for a man to be alone” but you need to remember that the Church is also the bride of Christ, we cannot survive in isolation from Christ.

Focus on fellowship even when offence strikes. The trap of offence blocks you from the flow in Zion (the church). The predator is wired to go after isolated target. He knows it is easier to defeat the one that has left the pack.

This is a scriptural charge:

not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 10:25 NKJV

In the pack, you are protected. You are strengthened. You get refreshed. You are defended. You grow in strength. Do not let the enemy deceive you. Whatever deceives you will soon defeat you.

©temilOluwa Ola, Eruwa

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