One of the biggest things I have learned in my Christian walk is this: We need people. Life has all kinds of ups and downs, and we weren’t created to do it alone. This can seem like a scary concept to some (most) of us, because we have all been hurt by people in one way or another. But the more I look at my life of following Jesus so far, the more apparent it becomes that people have played a huge part in helping me find out who Jesus is.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately and going back and forth in my head - is it possible to do this Christian walk without people?
As I was pondering all of this, I had a revelation. God created life so that we need people. He didn’t make it so that we could survive alone. Think about it, when we enter this world we start as a tiny, helpless baby. Everyone does, no exceptions. Even Jesus came as a baby. Babies are completely dependent on their parents, they couldn’t survive without someone keeping them alive. A baby would literally die if it was left alone. Another interesting thought, God created male and female. He didn’t just create one gender. Why? Creation couldn’t go on without both male and female - that’s how God made it to be. He created us to be in relationship with each other.
When Jesus did His ministry, He didn’t do it alone. He had 12 disciples with Him. Jesus was fully God and fully man. The disciples followed Him, and while doing so they learned how to live a Christian life. Here’s the thing, if we weren’t made to follow people and help each other along, Christianity would have stopped right there after Jesus was resurrected. Jesus trusted people to continue the message of the cross. And we still do that today. But how can we do that if we don’t trust each other? How can we do that if we don’t believe other people can hear God for us?
In 1st Corinthians, Paul talks about how each of us make up a part of a body. He says this:
"But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you"; nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you."1 Corinthians 12:20-25 (NKJV)
We all play an important job as a part of the body of Christ. And we need each other. Can you imagine if our feet didn’t have our eyes to guide us? We’d be walking into things all the time! Or what if we didn’t have a mouth? We wouldn’t be able to eat and the body would fade away. In the same way that the body is dependent on all of its parts, we need to be dependent on people - because we are the body of Christ.
I’m not talking about just any people, i’m talking about people that have good fruit in their lives. People that have things that you want. I know for me, I want to be a good wife. I want to be someone that is known for their love. Most importantly, I want to know Jesus. I have people in my life that are further along on the journey that can help me achieve these things I want to see in my life. They know the way; I can follow them.
Following another person can be a very scary thought for some people. I know for me in my life, I have come much further while following people than trying to figure out this life stuff by myself. My relationship with Jesus is the best it’s ever been because I’ve followed people. And now I am someone that others can follow to know Jesus. It’s pretty cool!