Ephesians 2:19-22: 19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
You cannot go it alone. You were designed, fitted and fashioned to dwell in community, to play a part in a larger picture. Isolation and independence will wither your soul and cloud your vision. You need the awkwardness of others’ weakness and the penetrating discomfort of others strengths.
You will feel freer alone, for a while. You will have less discomfort or pain but in the end you will not grow or flourish spiritually without the complexity of community. You were not created to live a life of independent pursuit and it’s not about your “personal relationship with Jesus.” Yes, it should be personal, but always in the community and context of others.
It is for everyone’s growth and benefit. You cannot go it alone. The enemy hopes you will. You are not your own.