Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Human-Shaped Void

Are you one of those people who, after a busy day of whatever it is you have to do, just like to go home and lock yourself within the confines of your home and hide from the outside world?
Maybe your job description requires you to deal with people all day long, and the last thing you want to do when you get home is stop and talk with a neighbor.

My heart has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of selflessness I’ve heard and read about this Christmas season.
* Children that were not going to have a Christmas have been given the opportunity to experience just that…
* Families who have fell on hard times have been assisted by friends, communities, and churches…

It is one of the things that make Christmas so special. It has a way of pulling the servitude out of us all.

But what about when all the good tidings of comfort and joy are complete and the routine begins again? Do the relationship principles that guide us during Christmas stir a passion to build ‘community’ every day of the year?

John Ortberg said, “…while there is a God-shaped void…according to the writer of Genesis, God creates inside this man a kind of 
human-shaped void’ that God Himself will not fill.“

Scripture says in Genesis that we were created in “…His own image.” Christ is a relational being that created His highest creation to desire not only a relationship with Him…but also to seek after relationship with our fellow man.

In John 13:34-35, Jesus said, “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

(Sleeping Ducks - National Mall)
Washington, D.C.
It is imperative to realize the importance of cultivating relationships instead of isolating ourselves to the point where we don’t fulfill His calling on our life. Our relationship with Him may be right where it needs to be…but what about our relationship with others?

Does it only happen around the Holiday season…or are we cultivating the soil of our daily lives by creating encounters to show people that we are His disciples?

Do Life with is the ‘Human-Shaped Void’ that He Himself will not fill.

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