God's plan for your life is far bigger than your individual salvation. He has saved you into a people that are his own, people who are eager to do good (Titus 2:14). He has made you a living stone in a spiritual house (1 Peter 2:5). He has given each believer gifts of grace for the edification of the church body (1 Corinthians 12). He has called you to love your enemies and embrace those who are different from you (Ephesians 2:11-22). None of that can happen solely in your car, your office, or your family.

God has given us the gift of other brothers and sisters in the local church who can spur us on toward love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24). In turn, we have an obligation to do the same for them. We weren't meant to simply pursue holiness alone in our room (or in Roy's case, our car). We were meant to grow in holiness together as the body of Christ.

Recommended Reading:

Relationships: A Mess Worth Making, Timothy Lane and Paul David Tripp

Michael McKinley is senior pastor of Guilford Baptist Church in Sterling, VA and a contributing writer for 9Marks Ministries. This article originally appeared on January 30, 2009.