You Are Here – Part Two
At our church, we’re in the middle of a mini-series on how the good news of Jesus (called the Gospel) applies to the needs of our local community. God has placed us together as His church in this time and place together in order to participate in His mission of reconciling people to Himself in Christ Jesus. Last week, we highlighted the economic needs in our community and how the Gospel addresses them. This Sunday, in Part Two, we looked at how relational isolation appears around us and how Jesus’ work addresses it.
We looked at an important scripture passage together; Psalm 68:5-6 reads, “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. God settles the solitary in a home; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.” This says something vital about how God views relationships; the desire of His heart is to connect us with Him and then with others. Of course, only in Jesus can we truly find our ‘home.’
For many of us, ‘home’ is a loaded term. It may be the place we first experienced the relational dysfunction caused by sin. For too many, the isolation caused by sin’s damaging effects has made home feel like a foreign place. When we become part of God’s family, we have some new relationship patterns to learn. It turns out, the way God fathers the fatherless and protects widows and settles the solitary is through those of us who are part of His family (1 Timothy 5:1-3). That’s right; the fatherless, widowed, solitary ones – the isolated ones – who have found our way home in Jesus. We’re the plan. That’s why such an important part of faith in Jesus is about discovering that He is enough to heal the hurt in our hearts. It’s because we’ll never be able to invite others out of their isolation until we are content in Jesus alone.
In what ways have you experienced isolation apart from Jesus? How have you needed to relearn what “family” means? In what ways have you found a new “home” in Christ?