Tuesday, August 6, 2013

We Need Each Other

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A Little After-Breakfast Hangout
Yesterday on the Gospel Coalition Blog-o-rama, Trevin Wax posted about how his third child revealed aspects of his first two children that he might not have seen before. You can read the full post here.

It's interesting because, just the day before, I was sitting at the table with my three children and pondered out loud to Garrett and Vivian, "You know, I think I enjoy Cora more because of you two than I would have been able to otherwise." What I was saying was that they are able to bring out different parts of her personality that I probably wouldn't have seen without them. Likewise, she brings out parts of their personality that wouldn't have been revealed otherwise. They're both so tender and nurturing toward her and I had never seen them display that behavior before. As a father, that is a real blessing to me.

This got me thinking about the Church and how much we need each other. We are designed by God to live in community. In the context of community, different aspects of our personalities are revealed that wouldn't have been otherwise. Also, we are able to experience the nature and character of God from another's point of view. Put another way, one person can be a Christian, but one person cannot be a church.

If we're to be all we can be, I need you and you need me.

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