6th September 2019

Created for Relationships

“The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone…”
Genesis 2:18 (NIV)

It’s interesting that in Genesis’ account of creation, everything God made was good. The light was good (1:4), the land and seas were good (1:10), vegetation, plants and trees were good (1:12), the sun, moon and stars were good (1:18), fish and birds were good (1:21), the wild animals, livestock and even the creepy-crawlies were good (1:25). Then suddenly, God makes Adam and there’s something not good about him, something is deficient. Why is there a sense of lack with the first human being?

God had said “Let us make mankind in our image” (1:26), Father, Son and Holy Spirit, which means human beings are made in the image of someone who is not just a ‘me’ but an ‘us’. As a result we human beings won’t be truly happy until we’re not just a ‘me’ but also an ‘us.’ The biblical account tells us that it was not good for Adam to be alone (2:18) because he was made in the image of One who is a community, and so when he was the only individual he desperately needed community. God made human beings in the image of community for communal relationships. Which means that you and I cannot be our true selves if we are only a ‘me’ and not an ‘us’; there will always be something lacking.

Now this doesn’t necessarily mean that every human being should be married. Paul speaks of singleness as a gift (1 Corinthians 7:7) and Jesus says not marrying is good ‘for those to whom it has been given’ (Matthew19:11). But singles need relationships too; they need to be in community, which is at the heart of the Genesis account about humanity. This means that personal relationships are the meaning of life. Personal relationships are the very essence of our humanity. Personal relationships are what we were built for. They are not to be a means to an end simply to further our career, give us a certain status or get us to where we want to go; rather they are the end itself. That’s why Jesus said that all the law and the prophets hang on the two relational commandments of loving the Lord God with all you heart, soul and mind, and loving your neighbour as yourself (Matthew 22:37-40). We can only do these things when we are in communion with God and in community with one another. This is what we were built for and where we will find true contentment and fulfillment. When this occurs God looks at humanity in community with him and each other and says, what I have made is indeed very good (Genesis 1:31).

Father, help me to strengthen my relationship with you and to cultivate relationships with others so that I can reflect who you are as a loving community and your heart for all humanity.

Study by Barry Robinson

About the Author:
Barry Robinson is an Elder and part of the National Ministry Team directing Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland. He is also a pastoral worker in the South of England, particularly the Camberwell and North London congregations of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International Central London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email: london@gracecom.church

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