Scriptures: Psalm 139:13, Genesis 1:26, John 17:20-23,
Yesterday, we talked about the original form of community that can be found within the Trinity. God has perfect and united community within Himself. And then He made us. He formed us and fashioned us. Psalm 139:13, ESV tells us that, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted together in my mother’s womb”. Genesis 1:26, ESV says, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”.
Understanding that community originates from God’s character and that we were made in the image of God helps us understand our own need for community.
First and foremost, we are made with an eternal need for community and fellowship with God. All other forms of Biblical community (which we will discuss in the next couple of days) work towards this goal of helping us know God deeper. Scripture in its entirety points to God’s desire to have fellowship with us and our need for more of Him.
In the Garden of Eden, God physically communed with Adam and Eve. He walked alongside them. They were sustained by Him. Then the fall happened, and God in His graciousness provided humanity with a way to have restored relationship with Him through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.
In John 17, this idea that Jesus desires for us to have fellowship with Him continues. “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one. I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me” (John 17:20-23, ESV).
Even though God is not physically walking and communing with us today in the same ways that He was with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, we are still invited into relationship with God by His Son Jesus, and then receive the Holy Spirit once we become saved. He becomes a part of us and lives inside of us; forever communing with and ministering to us.
Whenever He created us, He created us with the fundamental need to have ultimate community; relationship with Him. Every part of our needs and desires can be fulfilled completely within God.
If you have not yet taken that step to having relationship with God, know that you can do that right now, wherever you are sitting and reading this from. He will never leave you or abandon you. He will never forsake you. You can have community and fellowship with the one who loves you so much more than you could ever imagine. This is what our hearts were made for.
Thank you for today and thank you for your great love for me. I thank you that you created me to have community with you and to be fulfilled and satisfied by you. In this moment as I sit in your presence, I ask that you deepen my relationship with you. Draw me closer to you that I might know you more and become more like you.
In Jesus’ name,