Some people are extroverts. They feel comfortable in groups. They tend to be friendly, talkative, and assertive, and they enjoy making new friends. A few hours in the company of others tends to restore and energize them, while solitude can be a draining experience.
Then there are introverts. These individuals are not necessarily shy, nor are they antisocial. They simply feel more comfortable when they are alone than when they are in a group. Typically thoughtful and reserved, they often have many friends. But they are restored and energized by quiet, solitary moments.
Most people fall somewhere between introvert and extrovert. They may lean more in one direction than another, but they are reasonably comfortable both in social situations and periods of solitude. God understands these tendencies. He should, because He created us—all of us—to need alone time and together time.
These days, however, it is easy to miss out on both. We may work or drive or eat by ourselves but these hardly qualify as solitude. And, we may be surrounded by people, though we may not really be “together” with them. The second chapter of Acts, which describes the birth, growth and dynamic life of the early church, makes frequent references to the followers of Jesus sharing time together.
Those first followers of Jesus didn’t just go to church on Sunday and greet the folks they knew. Their lives were intertwined. They met together in a large group (in the temple courts) and in small groups (in their homes). They didn’t just share their time; they shared their lives as well.
No matter how long you have been a follower of Jesus, and regardless of whether you are an introvert, extrovert, or something in between, you were created for both solitude and community.