I found this story online today and thought it was a great illustration of how important the gathering of ourselves together really is. That being said, I hope you get as much from it as I did.
Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints. (Psalm 149:1 KJV)
The late Bill Bright told the story of a lone musician-a man who believed himself to be the finest musician in the world and needing no one else to produce the finest music.
Accordingly, when the curtain went up for a symphonic concert, the audience was astounded to see 70 empty chairs, with the appropriate instruments, and only one person to play them all. When the conductor’s baton signaled the start, this man ran frantically from one instrument to another, trying to keep up with the conductor.
“Of course, this is just an allegory,” Bright wrote. “But isn’t that what many Christians are like? They are content to live their Christian lives by themselves without seeking the fellowship of others. There is no possible way that we can exist as healthy Christians without fellowship.
“In the fictional one-man orchestra above, you can imagine what the music sounded like-disconnected, uncoordinated and offbeat. That is what a Christian’s spiritual life is like in isolation from other members of the body of Christ.”