Jesus- Hope for the Lonely
1 Corinthians 12:12-20 (NIV)
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
We have all experienced a sense of being alone. Whether it was moving to a new town, beginning college, or spending time away from close friends. In these moments we need to remind ourselves that God never intended for us to live this life alone. The battle of loneliness begins by realizing that we are God’s beloved children. Jesus was able to conquer sin and bring us back into true community with the father. It is essential to have quiet relational alone time with Jesus to become renewed and healed from everything this life throws at us. However, we must also seek a community of fellow believers. We may at times feel that we have nothing great to bring to the body or a community. That is a lie. Our Heavenly father has given us unique gifts that we use in different ways to strengthen and grow the kingdom. We should not desire someone else’s gifts and abilities just because at the moment we see them as more useful. If we all shared the exact same gifts we would be unable to function as a body. God gave spiritual gifts unique to each of us that fit our role in the kingdom perfectly. A community needs many diverse members to thrive. Community is essential in encouraging one another to grow in your gifts that God has given you and live life together. Community offers a place where believers can be their true selves that God created them to be. Community is a place of trust, laughter, growth and honesty with God at the center of it all. Feelings of loneliness and lack of belonging are overcome by the comfort of Jesus and the community of fellow believers in Christ.
By: Alex Ausk