Sometimes, you wish someone would just have a good conversation with you, and the feeling of where-have-you-been-all-my-life. You wish someone would just come into your life and help you sort through your problems. I know all I want sometimes is someone who doesn’t have to reply (at least not immediately) as I lay down my worries, I just want someone who would listen, I often feel this way, and I imagine many others can relate. Perhaps, there are things that you wished someone had said to you and done, but hadn’t said and done. A common ground you wish you could share with someone, a mutual interest. Maybe it’s someone you can identify with, someone that gets you? The truth is someone gets it all, I mean all of it. Things you don’t even know just yet, things you’ve been working through for a while, and even things you are trying to figure out right now.
The reality is God identifies with us, and in Him, we see this identity of us. I’d call this, a common ground. Christ was on earth as a human, a mortal, and not an immortal being. Have you ever wondered why? The bible tells us in 1 Peter 3:18 which says;
“Because Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God; being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit.”
Christ suffered as human, and as a human would. A physical degree of suffering that perhaps many can relate to, and when asked to share their stories, they hesitate or never want to talk about it. Simply because, it’s hard to talk to people who don’t understand or can’t imagine the things you are going through, the pain, the hurt, and the heartache. Many have suffered greatly and two people cannot have same kind of experiences when suffering. This is because things are perceived differently and individually. Although, two people may go through the same kind of tribulation, they both have different experiences.
This is because, how they are affected by hardship is different, and how they react to it is different too. Our individual life experiences, from the day we were born to the day we get hit so hard by the harsh hand of life, shape our perspective, our reality, and how we react to things. There are no two people on earth who have the same life. For example, no two people have the same parents, were born at an exact time (let say exactly 11:14a.m), went to the same schools all through their academic life, have the same job, live in the same house, have the same eye color, have the same height, goes grocery shopping at the same time and place, and wears the same cloth. That is impossible right? That’s how uniquely different each and every one of us is. Even when we have so many similarities with someone else, we all are still very different people.
With our uniqueness and differences comes the different kind of life challenges we face. However, one person understands the whole of you and me, He gets it all. Through Christ death, the broken bridge between God and us created by sin was mended. Through Christ death, He not only set us free from sins, but also brought us to God, a form of relationship and communication that wouldn’t have existed otherwise. Now, we can talk to God and have a conversation with Him, just like that, you don’t have to walk a thousand miles or journey into the wilderness. He is always with us. We should really appreciate both God’s mortality through Christ, and His immortality. I can’t imagine an individual on earth understanding everyone on this planet. Through Christ mortality, we have a common ground with God, and with His immortality we are rest assured that He isn’t human, sometimes we think that He is incapable of carrying our burden, based on the fact that He is immortal, but with the common ground of mortality which we share with Christ we can be rest assured that the burdens we constantly offload onto Him are being carried by Him. He encourages us to do this in Matthew 11:28, which says;
“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
He knows our struggles, our pains, our failures, our fears, our heartaches, our illnesses, our regrets, our sorrows, our weaknesses, the temptations we constantly face, He knows all of our worries, and nothing is hidden from Him. He wants to take care of all of our worries, and because as humans there are things beyond our control, and only God can take the wheel.
Have you ever wondered why God loves us so, even after our numerous transgressions? This is because according to 1 John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. Indeed, God is love, He made us in His own image, and we have His love. He sent His son, Christ, to die for our sins so as to re-establish our relationship with him, and to set us free from sins and its wages, death, so that we can live with Him in eternity. What a love God has for us, and all He wants from us is for us to love Him in return, isn’t this what our loved ones ask in return from us?
Relationships are built on trust, and to trust someone is to become vulnerable. Vulnerable enough for you to talk openly with them, vulnerable enough for you to let them take the front wheel often, and vulnerable enough that these persons can either make you or break you. The good news is, God says he loves us and, and that is unconditional. Therefore, we should trust in His love for us, because unlike humans, he wouldn’t use our vulnerability against us, and He wouldn’t break us. Who else should we have this relationship with? Clearly, it is only God that is capable of this relationship with us anyways, a relationship made possible by the common ground that Christ paved.