Do you ever think about your favorite toys when you were a kid?
Mine were toy trucks and Legos. Legos are probably the best toy ever created. They are so versatile and almost indestructible, the perfect toy for kids. I’m talking about the original Legos that you can make into anything, not all the fancy kits with instructions that you can mindlessly follow and build. I had one big box of Legos, and I could build anything from a race car to a house to a spaceship. The possibilities were as endless as my creativity.
The cool thing about Legos, whether it is the OG Legos or any of the kits today, they are created to connect together. The studs on the bricks are perfectly designed to fit into the next Lego with ease, yet when connected they create a strong bond. And when you connect several bricks together, you begin to create something new and special.
The simple truth is that we, just like Legos, are designed to be connected together with other believers. Our connections are designed to be strong withstanding the disturbance of this world. God uniquely created you to fit together with others in a way that brings honor and glory to Him. When we connect with other believers into healthy relationships, the bond is strong and what you can accomplish is as endless as the Creator Himself.
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
God values relationships. In the very beginning He said that it was not good for man to be alone, and He created a helper for him. From that point in creation He has placed such a high value on our relationships with one another. In fact there are 59 “one another” statements in the New Testament alone. “Love on another”, “Be at peace with one another”, “Honor one another”, “Live in harmony with one another”…
In fact God loves this idea of connection and relationships with one another so much that He often describes us, as the church, as a body or as a building… These are things that have multiple parts that when joined together make a more functioning, healthy, productive, useful thing.
Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:12-13
The chapter continues (and I encourage you to read it) describing what that actually looks like with body parts metaphor. But we must remember that together we are created for so much more, and together we can accomplish so much more, and together we please God so much more.
Jesus put together 12 bricks. By the time Jesus was crucified He had hundreds of followers, in the first century following His death He had thousands, and today there are millions of followers of Christ.
Legos can be combined to make amazing things. With just six bricks, over a million combinations are possible. But no Lego can be any more than it is until it is put together with others. The same is true in our relationships as well. Will you choose to be a lone brick? As beautiful and strong as you are, you will only be just a brick until you connect with others and build healthy relationships. By the way, that means you may get hurt from time to time, but what God can do through you and through your relationships is so worth it.
Let me encourage you to plug in and connect with other believers. Connect on a ministry team and serve together. Connect in a LifeGroup, LifeGroups will start back up in the Fall, and grow closer to God while growing closer together. You are created for so much more than isolation. Together we are so much better!