As children it is easy to give of ourselves. Easy to tell our secrets to a friend we just made at the park. Life teaches us hard lessons about trust, teaches us to put up our boundaries and walls. Our society tells us to be safe and protect ourselves. It is better to do it on your own and be independent than to rely on anyone else.
God has a different idea. He created us to be community. He asks us to love and be loved. He asks us to be encouragers and confessors. He created woman to help man. He created teachers to have students. He sent Christ to die for our sins so we may be intimate with Him.
The Fellowship of the Believers
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42-47, emphasis mine)
What wall keeps you from being intimate with your spouse? What life hurt keeps you from being in vulnerable relationships with your friends? What sin in your life keeps you from being a friend someone would call in their time of need? What keeps you from seeking an intimate relationship with our Creator?