To truly understand God’s eternal purpose, you’ve first got to understand His nature as a community of Three Persons in One Being expressing Love. It is here that you will find His passion – to expand His eternal fellowship to Another. His motivation for creation was to release the passion contained inside of Himself upon a Lover. This is why the Bible begins and ends with marriage. It is the “profound mystery” that Paul refers to in his writing.
Community is the passion
This is also why individualism is at the heart of the Fall. We were created in God’s image to join His community together. But, when individual pursuits are placed above community, He has no one to release His passion upon. We are just a bunch of scattered image-bearers roaming around in the wilderness.
If individualism is rejected and a group of people operates as one body in which all the parts are there to service the purpose of the whole body, His Bride is manifested and available to receive His Love.
Community is the context
Frequently, you’ve heard about your “personal relationship with God” and how God has a “wonderful plan for your life.” Both are good and true, but missing a very important ingredient. Context. These types of individually-focused concepts are lacking the context of community.
Presented by themselves, they paint a distorted picture of the Christian life. The Christian life takes place in the context of self-sacrificial community. Outside of that, individually-focused concepts are thwarted; for His purpose is not primarily about you or me, but about His Bride.
No, this is not to say that God does not care about you individually – and if you’re not living in close-knit biblical Kingdom community that your life is a waste. For He cares about the parts of His Bride in the same way and with the same intensity that He cares about Her as a whole.
Community is the Kingdom
Not only is God limited in how He can accomplish His purposes in individuals that are Christians, but He is limited in how His Kingdom spreads throughout the earth. Why is that? Because to Jesus and the early church, evangelism was not a program, but a by-product of getting people together to live in loving, self-sacrificial Kingdom community. This attracted people to His Kingdom like flies to…a fly trap :).
So, when you’re having those “deep thought” moments about the meaning of life, I encourage you to think about it in the way that Randy Frazee puts it in The Connecting Church 2.0 when he says:
The Scriptures tell me I should begin with God’s story and then move to our story before I can truly find my story in the world or hope to know who I really am.