There’s a verse that I hear regularly used by officiants at weddings that describes God looking at Adam and saying, “It’s not good that man should be alone.”
Honestly, that’s quite a puzzling statement when you think that Adam was walking and talking with God in the garden of Eden. Adam had a spiritual connection with God that most of us could only dream of.
We go through seasons of doubt and wonder where God is, when Adam just had to look over his shoulder to see Him. And yet, even with this spiritual connection in place, God looked at Adam and said that it “wasn’t good that he was alone”? But he wasn’t alone, right? He had God with Him, right? Isn’t that enough?
I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard someone say something to the effect of “I’ve got God, and that’s enough.” Usually, this is said when someone is needing help justifying their not going to church with all the “hypocrites” and “bigots”, or when we’re tired and just don’t want to deal with “people-ing”. We tell ourselves that being a “Christian” is enough, that we don’t have to or need to get others involved in our affairs.
But that is my problem with the title of “Christian”. It’s all about something I can do alone and doesn’t reflect a need for anything or anyone else. When I look through Scripture, Christ never called us to be or make others into “Christians”! What He did ask of us, was to be and make “disciples”. And “disciple” immediately implies a relationship. It’s no longer something I can do on my own, but something that requires the coming together of two or more people.
I believe, that when God looked at Adam in the garden and said “It is not good that man should be alone”, that He was looking at something much deeper that He had created within each of us… A longing and need to live in relationship not only with Him, but also with each other. As much as we’d love to be a recluse and isolate ourselves from all that is wrong in the world, God wants us to join together to rise above it and be a solution for it!
Now, discipleship can seem daunting. It can come across as time-consuming and hard work, and it is, BUT, it is also just as easy as living life with people! Joining together with like-minded people and building each other up along the way. Discipling, broken down to its simplest form, is nothing more than relationships. We have been given a GO commandment to build relationships. Sharpening one another, Encouraging one another!
In fact, Jesus also didn’t ask us to go to church. He said that we were the church. Back in His time, the church wasn’t a location, so much as it was a gathering, a coming together of people with like mind and purpose. It wasn’t until religion and denominations came along that we made it about our buildings as opposed to the people that we were walking every day with.
We all are His church, His disciples. And we are called to be in relationship with each other because His Church isn’t complete without the people around you involved too. So go ahead, look around you at the relationships that cross your path every day. Whether you just simply extend a cordial hello or go out of your way to take someone to lunch, join together in discipleship, in building up and encouraging His church, because life is not about going it alone.