And God said, ‘Let us make man in our image.’ Gen 1:26
Everything started w community. God is three in one, Father, Son and Spirit. The use of the plural in Gen 1 reminds us that we were created out of community and made for community. Relationships are first priority in the kingdom of God. Meaningful and effective work flows out of healthy and accountable relationships. The Trinity desires us to experience and replicate connectedness.
We are made for community. Even our own leaders acknowledge, No man is an island. When we were created the scriptures tell us It is not good for man to be alone. This statement is often understood to speak to the purpose of marriage but it is also a statement about life.
It is inevitable that there will be times where we are single, not married, but it is never God’s intention that we be alone. He promises to be with us always and he places us in families and extended families. The church is patterned after the principal of living in community. We need each other and we are better together.
When Jesus began his ministry one of the first things he did was invite community. He called disciples to be with him. And he even invited an inner circle of three into the private and intimate times of his life and ministry. We are not meant to do life on our own.
Do you have community beyond your family? Are you walking life’s journey with others, brothers and sisters in Jesus? Will you seek out accountability and be a safe place for others? Will you be faithful in the body of Christ, the church, and see it not through the eyes of a consumer but a contributor to community?
We must be aware that it is the plan of the enemy to isolate us. He wants us alone and lonely. He wants us to hide our struggles and to believe that if we are fully known we won’t be fully loved. The truth is that this is how God loves and he calls us to love as he loves.