You know the feeling…. You are surrounded by people but feel alone. Why is this? In this life we are created with a deep yearning to know and to be known. Relationships are not only good but also necessary for life and health. Yet, we have this challenge. Every person struggles with a sin nature. Called by the term flesh in the New Testament, this nature is inherently selfish. As a result, we find ourselves “guarded” in how close we interact with others and in our ability to trust others. The other day I met a parent with a child, and I spoke to the child. He just looked at me and backed away. I get it. Children are naturally shy, and they are taught to be wary of strangers. Sin, in the world, tempts us to live “every person for themselves.” But Jesus shows us a better way. He called us to trust Him and, from the strength of His Holy Spirit, to love one another. Yes, this love still needs boundaries of appropriate behavior. However, we are free to serve and help others to know that they are not alone. The ability to give comes first from our fellowship with God. I don’t have to wander aimlessly in life looking for people to notice me and love me. Because I am known and loved by the Lord, I have hope and grace to look beyond myself and truly care about others. While most people in life look for love, Jesus commands us to love. As we love others, we discover that we are not alone. This life of love starts with knowing God…and realizing that we are known by God. David, the Psalmist declared, “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar” (Psalm 139:1-2). David knew that God knew him. This gave him strength to live a victorious life. Love and trust the One who knows you best, and give to those you are getting to know here and now. This is the way of Jesus!
Pastor Mark Boucher