The Wandering Stars

“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime.” - Babe Ruth, Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder/Pitcher

James 5:19-20 ESV -  My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, 20 let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

One of the main reasons God designed us to grow in life-giving relationships with others in the church is this:  none of us ever drifts or wanders toward holiness.  Without intentionality, we not only will drift but also we do drift.  We never wander into deeper consecration in prayer or worship.  We do not drift into a passion for Scripture or souls to be saved.  And whenever we wander, it is never toward truth but away from truth because sin is deceitful.  Usually drift will happen when we are in isolation not life-giving fellowship with other disciples.  Wandering usually happens when we gather with other wanderers rather than with fellow warriors on mission.  No matter how spiritual someone is or how “on fire for God” they may be, individual stars will wander if not connected to the team and committed to its success.

What common lies to wanderers often believe that lead them down a wrong pathway?  What common wounds do wanderers typically blame for their spiritual drifting?  Does someone need to be more like Jesus and give up the right to want to hurt others who have hurt them?  Who do wanderers usually associate with as they are drifting away?  How isolated are some wanderers - and what can you do to help them not be so isolated?

Hebrews 3:13 NKJV - But exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

Do you have the love and toughness to help correct and redirect a wandering star?  Do you have the humble attitude and “coachability” to let someone intervene if they see you drifting spiritually?  How can you most effectively obey Hebrews 3:13 and passionately warn or encourage your Christian teammates every day?  How closely are you connected in life-giving relationships where this Hebrews 3:13 exhorting isn't awkward?  How much spiritual drift or wandering do you or your family need to confess?  How seriously might you or your family need to turn back toward God in truth?

Galatians 6:1-2, 9-10 NIV - Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ… 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.