Everything is symbiotic.
Yesterday a sister was telling me how busy she is and how she doesn’t feel like she has much time for fellowship. We read I Cor. 12 together and talked about how we are created to interact with one another to function properly. She needs people in her life, but also, we need her in our lives.
And this morning as I was praying, feeling God bless me with much needed peace, and thinking about how I need to tap into the wisdom God can give me more, I thought that perhaps the relationship with God is also symbiotic. I need Him so much all day long, but He benefits from praise and love.
As I wrote in my last blog, everything should be for the glory of God. This is what He seeks, not because He is egotistical, but because it is right. He IS supreme.
And surely, if God created us in his image, then just as we need love, He needs love. Maybe even because He is so vast, He has a vast need for love. After all, the greatest commandment is to love the Lord with all our heart, strength, soul and mind.
Notice the symbiotic relationship between Christ and the church: “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church.” Eph 5:25-27
Christ and the church is to be like a big living, breathing organism, in which all the members constantly benefit from one another.
Like a heart beating. Like breathing. God gives to us. We give to God.
Look how God speaks of his people. God gets something out of his relationship with us.
- Is not Ephraim my dear son, the child in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember him. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I have great compassion for him,” declares the LORD.
- “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. Luke 22:15
- He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zeph 3:17
- “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. Luke 15:20
- “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am,” John 17:24
It’s symbiotic. He is the vine. We are the branches.
Whatever we ask in His name, we will receive. Apart from him we can do nothing.
And as He gives, as He fills us, as He works in us, we GROW. And as we grow, He is GLORIFIED to the maximum extent.
His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms. Eph 3:10
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Eph 3:20-21