We encounter people every day of our lives. In business transactions, formal social situations, at home, walking down the street. Humans are everywhere. They're impossible to avoid. That's because we were created to co-exist with each other. We were made to be a social species. Some of us more than others. But even the most introverted person can't go it alone. We need each other to survive. God saw that Adam was alone and that it was not good for him, so he created a companion (Genesis 1). Now, don't get me wrong, this isn't an advertisement for marriage or anything. This is me saying: we need each other. Friends, family, co-workers, the people we see every day. We help each other hold it together.
Our days shouldn't be filled with "me, me, me." We need to step away from our own selfishness and see the world surrounding us. There are people hurting everywhere. As followers of Jesus, it's our job to be the light to the world. What kind of light ignores people in pain? What kind of a Christian makes their own selfish desires their number one priority? We used to wear these corny fabric bracelets with WWJD embroidered on them. Yes, they were absolutely a crime against fashion, but the reasoning behind them was solid. What would Jesus do? If He came across a heartbroken child, what would He do? Heal her broken heart, of course. When He happened upon a blind man, He gave him sight. He was in the habit of helping. Granted, I don't have the ability to heal...but I can be a listening ear when those around me are going through trials. I can do my part to show Jesus' love to a decaying world.
Too often, rather than being an example of Christ's love, the church gets caught up in the semantics of our faith. We spend hours debating with each other on muddy, unclear doctrines like baptism, servanthood, worship music, alcohol consumption, etc. Seriously? Do you know how outrageously petty this makes us look to the world? What kind of person would want to be a part of a group of people that can't even get along with each other? Yeah, we all come from different backgrounds, and we all have varying takes on the timing of the tribulation. But Jesus didn't commission us with the task of proving our personal take on what kind of foyer a church should have. He asked us to make disciples (Matthew 28) and to LOVE EACH OTHER (Mark 12).
We weren't meant to do life in solitary confinement. We were meant to walk along side each other, that way we can pick one another up off of the ground when we stumble. If we work together and build each other up, we will be a force to be reckoned with. God is next to us, every step of the way. We need to follow His example and stand by the side of our brothers and sisters. A book I am reading says, "A child says 'me.' An adult says 'us.'" Let's be spiritual grown ups and concentrate our effort on the world around us, rather than the desires of our own hearts. Our reward is in Heaven, not on this earth. What better reward is there than more of our loved ones to share Paradise with?
Be fishers of men.
Love your neighbor.
It's what we're called to do.