And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone (Genesis 2:18)
Let’s take this into the context of the born again Christian who has been breathed upon by God and now lives as a new creation:
And the LORD God said, It is not good that the Christian should be alone
We were created for a shared existence.
We share our existence with God. He permits this.
We share our existence with humans. He designed this.
Why people DON’T get together:
Millions of reasons: unforgiveness, past hurts, selfishness, laziness, low self esteem, prejudice, pride, self pity, poor influences, bad company, corrupted morals.
C.S. Lewis love quote:
Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket–safe, dark, motionless, airless–it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.
Why people DO get together:
One reason: love
The primary purpose of God is his family.
1. Adam – created to share his existence with Eve
2. Noah – saved to share his existence with his family
3. Abraham – blessed to share his existence with his son
4. Israel – the Old Testament written about the shared existence of a group of people
5. Jesus – God incarnate to share existence as a human, called the Son of God
6. Early church – the New Testament addresses the shared existence of a group of people
7. Revelations – addressed the actions of the shared existence of the churches
It has not been until recent years that “personal savior” has worked its way into our vocabulary. God sees us as a whole, as a generation, as generations.
How would you evaluate your spiritual condition?
Us = standards, checklist, example: club membership
God = relationship, intimacy, example: marriage relationship
When you think about the condition of your spirit what do you evaluate?
Usually it is the observance or practices or disciplines that we use to evaluate ourselves.
I Challenge you to evaluate your spiritual condition based on two things:
Love the Lord you God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength
Love your neighbor as yourself
Comparison: When you evaluate the condition of your marriage you don’t think first in the practices that you maintain. You consider the strength of the bond you have with your spouse. The practices are important – but not the main thing.
Have you ever noticed that much of the bible is written in plural?
We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16)
We are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37)
Our Father which art in Heaven (Matthew 6:9)
You are chosen generation, a holy nation, (1 Peter 2:9)
In Him we live and move a have our being (Acts 17:28)
Lists that require interaction with other people:
Hebrews 11:39 – 40 “Faith heroes”
Galatians 5:22 – 23 “Fruit of the Spirit”
1 Corinthians 12 “Purpose of the gifts of the Spirit”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “Love check list”
2 Peter 1:4-8 “Great and precious promises for us”
Romans 12 “Christian living with a renewed mind”
It is vital that we are purposefully sharing our existence with other believers in the context of a body in a church.