Don’t Go It Alone
“Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness.” —Genesis 1:26
Independence and self-sufficiency—milestones embraced and pursued as if they’re keys to happiness and fulfillment. And yet, we have never had more unhappy people in the world than we do today.
Why? Going it alone isn’t the answer. It’s not how we were wired.
This week’s verse gives us a glimpse into our relational DNA.
In the creation account, God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness” (Genesis 1:26). Notice the plural pronouns “us” and “our.” God is relational within Himself—the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
He made us in His image. Like Him, we were designed to be in relationships. That’s His intent and purpose for us.
Happiness and fulfillment won’t be found in being isolated, because you weren’t made to be alone. Happiness and fulfillment don’t come from independence; they come from interdependence.
They come from being in community, the way God designed us.
The apostle Paul spelled it out like this: “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others” (Romans 12:4–5).
We need each other. We can only fulfill His design and purposes for our lives in community, in relationships with each other. The person who tries to go it alone will quickly lose strength and enthusiasm.
Even Jesus, though He is God and could have done everything by Himself, surrounded Himself with a group of disciples with whom He carried out His ministry, sharing each experience along the way.
Who are you sharing your journey with? How are you experiencing interdependence?
My prayer for this week:
Dear Lord, thank you for designing and intending me to be in relationship with others, not going it alone. Thank you for placing me within the Body of Christ. Will you give me grace that I might become more aware of those around me, and more willing to share this journey with them—for their benefit and blessing, and my own?