MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2016
It’s hard to overestimate how the presence of a fellow pilgrim in our lives can keep us walking in the way of Christ. – Ken Shigematsu (Senior pastor of Tenth Church in Vancouver, British Columbia)
Key Bible Verse: Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” (Genesis 2:18)
Dig Deeper: Genesis 2:18-24
When God created the world he deemed all that he had made “very good.” Then God saw something in his created work that was not good and uttered these telling words: “It is not good that man is alone.” Keep in mind that Adam had the ideal life in Eden: an intimate relationship with God unmarred by sin, a pristine paradise filled with unimaginable wonders. As a farmer and zoologist, Adam had fulfilling work that engaged both his mind and body. He had a limitless supply of delectable food. Yet even with all of these gifts, God says that “It is not good for man to be alone.”
We can have a relationship with God, fulfilling work to do, and an enviable home and lifestyle, but if we don’t have close friendships with others, we soon realize that something essential is missing. This is because God has made us in his likeness. God is one, yet God exists in a community of three: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. At the center of the universe is a relationship. When we connect with others in healthy, loving ways, we reflect the image of God.
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