Together We Ride!

“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” -Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NIV)

Ever heard of the expression, “it would be so much better without the people.”? Often we apply this expression to life as well. There are times when people can truly aggravate us. The faults of humanity, especially if we’ve been victim to those faults, are sometimes enough for us to wish that we could live life away from people altogether; content with just looking at them but never interacting with them beyond the point of absolute necessity.

Such hermit lifestyles are never truly satisfying. Eventually we being to develop a longing for human companionship and seek to have meaningful relationships with others. The reason for this is simple, man was never meant to live alone, but was created by God to live in community with one another. God Himself lives and works in community in the form of the Trinity. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit act together as one for all three existed together before time began, had a hand in the creation of the world, and work together for its redemption from sin. It shouldn’t come as a surprise then that this quality of operating in community was infused in humanity when God created us. It is also clear from this fact that God places a high value on human relationships. We should never underestimate or take for granted their importance. The truth of the matter is that we need each other in this often harsh and brutal world. We all go through the same struggles, the same hardships, and, even if we are not willing to admit it, we all share the very same faults that we accuse each other of. This is why we must encourage and build each other up; so that we may grow to be better people and better servants of God. As children of God redeemed by Christ, we have an obligation to pursue and value wholesome human relationships; never doing anything to violate something that God has wonderfully given to us. Furthermore, the Christian life is meant to be lived together in community for the Church is one body interdependent on each other and if we are to be effective witness for Christ, we need to be in meaningful relationships with others so that we may show God’s love to everyone and tell them about His desire to set every human being free from the oppression of sin so that they may enter into a beautiful relationship with Him. Though life will come with many struggles and battles, know that we never fight alone. All of us fight as a team and with God on the side of His children, we will be able to overcome any obstacle.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

Division and Unity

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” -Romans 15:5-6 (NIV)

Why do we love forming divisions? This desire is found in every community; even in the Christian Church. The origins of this question however, seem to lie in the human tendency to form cliques and elite groups to enhance their own self-worth. Since we are human and prone to conditional love, we only like to deal with people who are our like ourselves. Such an insular brotherhood ends up polarizing people; which becomes the source of all conflict.

Division is something that God did not want in His creation. Are there differences in the world He has created? Yes there are. But these differences are meant to complement each other in order so that creation in general and humanity in particular would be unified serving the one true God. When people put their group on a pedestal, claiming it to be the one that truly  follows Christ, they are not serving and worshiping Christ. They are serving and worshiping their group. There have been noble attempts to do away with these divisions by human hands, but often they themselves end up becoming elite clubs. The Church is comprised of different parts. But only with Christ bestowing upon His followers the spirit of unity can we become blind to divisions based on earthly criteria. Man’s designs for unity and conformity will only divide, but only Christ can unite people together so that they may serve Him with one heart and one mouth.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.