God did not create us to be alone. He created us as social creatures. He made mankind unique. We learn this in Genesis 2. Man was given rule over all creation and yet there was no one fit for Adam, so God created Eve. We were created to be social so we could have a relationship with God and so we could have a special relationship with his creation. One of the most tragic outcomes of the social distancing put in place to protect us from COVID-19 has been isolation for those who live alone. As hard as this time has been on my large family, I cannot imagine facing this crisis alone and separated from those I love. Let us not forget those who find themselves in the unnatural position of isolation.
Many of my peers have shared how lonely it is to be a pastor. At times I can agree with this sentiment. However, this is not the way God desires for it to be. None of us are called to live or serve Christ alone. When God’s servants are found serving alone in Scripture it is only because of the sin of God’s people. The ideal is for all of us to live as the body of Christ, every part completing their function within the body.
If we are going to be the church God desires for us to be it is going to take all of us working together. We must all use our spiritual gifts within a ministry in which we care deeply. I praise the Lord that God has provided us with an incredible church staff. It is a joy to serve along side them to lead Del Norte as we “equip the saints to do the work of the ministry” (Ephesians 4:11-12). Kevin, Ira, Adam, Judi, Roy, and Sydney are working hard to serve you during such a difficult time of ministry. I know I do not have to be alone because they are actively working beside me as the hands and feet of Jesus. Be sure and thank your church staff for their dedication to Christ. We are becoming a great team, working to make Del Norte everything God wants us to be. It is good to not have to serve alone.