Are you a loner? You enjoy being by yourself and actually prefer it? Not me. I’m a people person from the word go. My philosophy is if 2 are good then 20 are better. I just love being around people. I love living life with others.
God is a relational god. He is Father, Son and Holy Spirit [Matthew 28:19]. In Genesis 1:26 He says,
….Let Us make man in Our image, in our likeness….” [emphasis mine]
He created us to be like Him. He created us to be relational.
Don’t get me wrong, there is a time and a place to be alone. We need that down time, that quiet solitude with the Lord. It took me years to understand this and to not only embrace it but to seek it out and to love it. But throughout Scripture we see God putting people together in couples, partnerships, and families.
In Genesis 2:18 God said,
It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
In Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 we read,
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!”
We see partnerships form throughout the Word of God. Elijah invested in Elisha. Jesus invested in the twelve disciples. Paul ministered with Barnabas, Silas, Timothy and John Mark.
Beth Moore said,
We are so much stronger than I am.”
We need each other. It’s not that we’re week. In fact, it is an indication of strength and wisdom when we realize this and walk in it. As the old saying goes,
No man is an island.”
I think about the beautiful women I meet who come out of sex trafficking. They’ve been isolated, alone, trapped. As a result, they are wounded not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually. The moment they get into the safe house and begin to receive love and kindness from the staff and volunteers everything about them begins to change. As they start to trust in those first few relationships, they’re open to hearing about Jesus. Once they’ve met Jesus, they’re well on their way to restoration.
We all need people.
Who are your people? If you look around and discover that you are lacking in the people department, ask the Lord to bring people into your life that will sharpen you and make you a better person [Proverbs 27:17].
- Ask Him to give you a Paul, to speak life into you and invest in you.
- Ask Him to give you a Timothy, someone you can pour into in return, and share your experience with in order to help them.
- Ask Him to give you a Barnabas or two to walk life beside of as a sounding board and someone to just do life with on a daily basis.
We can trust that since it was God’s idea to make us relational, then He will honor those prayers.
Look for someone today who needs some people and spend some time with them on purpose. You never know what God will do in and through that relationship.