When I was young in the Lord a group of friends and I started a young men's Bible study every Tuesday night. We called it Iron Tuesdays because of the verse found in Proverbs 27:17.
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
As I recall this Bible study from my early days in the Lord in the late 1980s and early 1990s, I think of all of the guys, and some girls too, that came and went from that Bible study. I'm still in somewhat regular contact with one or two, but most have come and gone. There's a bit of a social media connection with some but I know that most would say the same thing I am here to share today. There is something we all knew then and still know today. God never intended us to live life and face this world alone.
From the very beginning of creation God knew that man could not make it alone. In fact Genesis 2:18 says exactly that. God saw Adam and said we must make him a suitable help mate. The next thing you know we're reading in Genesis 2 how God created Eve as a helpmate or partner for Adam. This isn't the only instance like this though. There are many examples of partnerships and teams throughout the Bible. There is Moses and Aaron, Eli and Samuel, David and Jonathon, the 12 disciples, Peter and John, Paul and Barnabus, and the list goes on and on. The Bible even says in Ecclesiastes 4:12 that a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
God knows that none of us are perfect. He knows that we need help and accountability as we face each day and the challenges that come with it. We need to humble ourselves and realize we cannot face life and the challenges that the world throws at us daily alone. You must surround yourself with brothers and sisters who can sharpen you and you can help sharpen them. They can help hold you accountable and you can help hold them accountable. They can encourage you and you can encourage them.
Jesus is the friend that sticks closer than a brother spoken of in Proverbs 18:24. Jesus wants to be close to you. He also wants you to share him with others in your circle of influence. That circle of influence then becomes a group that you can help sharpen and can help sharpen you. In other words, there is no room for lone rangers in the body of Christ. Humble yourself and follow Jesus with others around you.