Have you noticed how often the Bible describes Yahweh’s people as belonging to each other? Yahweh is a Shepherd, we are ‘the sheep of His pasture’, a ‘flock’; we are called a ‘family’, a ‘body’, a ‘fellowship’, a ‘church’. There’s an important message tucked away in these pictures. Very simply: we need each other. Yahweh never intended us to be isolated in our salvation and love for Yahshua, it was always His plan for us to be together and to support each other. At the very beginning He saw that it wasn’t good for man to be alone [Genesis 2:18], and even after creating a partner for him, He made Himself available to both of them at the end of the day [Genesis 3:8]. It seems to me that Yahweh created us to need each other! We may [and should] have personal times of quiet contemplation, prayer, and fellowship with Yahweh. But afterwards, it’s important to reconnect with His ‘flock’ since that’s where we belong. “No one is wise enough to live alone,” writes A.W. Tozer, “nor good enough, nor strong enough. From our brethren we can learn how to do things and sometimes also we can learn how not to do them!”
The apostle Paul was trying to explain this interdependency when he wrote, “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with (Messiah)” [1 Corinthians 12:12]. He goes on, “The eye can never say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you.’ The head can’t say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you’” [v21, New Living Translation]. Most of us know how much our whole body can be affected if one part isn’t functioning well. In the same way, the Body of Yahshua needs to function together; we must be together. “With that, it also needs to be said that to live within the religious family does not mean that we approve everything that is done there” [A.W. Tozer]. I believe it’s possible to learn to disagree in harmony, so the Body of Yahshua can function as it should, because we need to belong!
Copyright Valerie Warsop