Our hearts were made to be connected.
I look around and see iphones, ipads, yourgymn, ipaper it all about me (or I). I sit on my facebook by myself. Watch tv by myself. I wonder what has happened to community and the heart of living together. Have we, the church, picked up the ‘I’ culture or do we recognise how integral community is?
Let us look at the beginning of how God made us and the very nature of who we are:
The way we were made
- In God’s image
Genesis 1:26-27 (NLT)
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. .. So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
God has always been an us ‘Father , Son and Holy Spirit’. He has always been in perfect relationship, sharing heart, ideas and creative fun together. Here we find God chats among himself and comes up with the creative idea to make man. There is a consensus and God together makes it happen. God forms man in His/their image.
When he made mankind he made ‘a them’. He didn’t make a ‘he’ or a ‘she’ but a ‘them’. We were made in the image of God to be in perfect relationship, sharing heart, ideas and having creative fun together.
- Not made to be alone
The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.”
Because God has always been ‘a them’ He has never been lonely. It is in his nature to enjoy company and open hearted relationship in unity. We were made in God’s image with His DNA. We were made to be together in open hearted relationships with soul companions, it is against our very make up to be on our own. God desire is unity with us and unity among us.
- Made to be open with each other
“At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.’”This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.
Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.
The idea of being naked goes further than not wearing clothes. It is a picture of the open honesty Adam and Eve shared. There hearts were connected in such a way that nothing was hidden and their weaknesses were not a hindrance. They were one in body, heart and spirit. They were joined in heart connection and this is shown in the oneness that intimacy brings through physical union.
The heart is more than just a place we love from it is the core of our being and passions in life. If we are hiding our hearts in hurts and disappointments we cannot connect our hearts with others. This leads to loneliness and rejection that is against the way we were made to be. Is this why so many are suffering from metal illness and depression in our society? We are living against our very nature hiding our hearts in brokenness.
Today: Recognise that you were made in God’s image to be in heart connection with others. Think about the state of your own heart and how easy you find it to be connected to others. Determine that you will seek to go to the healer and get your heart healed up so that you can join it in relationship with God and kingdom lovers.