But He who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:17
The idea of being one with God is a hard one to understand. Its hard enough to understand being one with your spouse. The Lord says that when people are married that, two shall become one, so they are no longer two people but one ( Mark 10:8)… This means that your ways become their ways and their ways become your ways. You work together as one not pulling apart as two.
I think of the wedding sand ceremony that some couples have at their wedding. The bride and the groom each have a different color sand and as they pour their sand together it comes together in a very beautiful way. The bride and the groom are still totally visible by their own color, their personalities are still visible in their relationship, but there is no way that you could separate the two colors out again. Once they have been put together they can never be perfectly separated because they are one.
Since Marriage is an analogy for the way that Christ loves the church its interesting to know that in the rest of this passage of scripture that Paul was not talking about marriage. He was talking about Sexual Immorality and not becoming one with someone who is unworthy of us. Paul asks would you unite yourself with a prostitute? He did mean this on a literal level but also if we are to be united with the Lord would sin not be like uniting ourselves with a prostitute, because it says He who unites himself with a prostitute becomes one with her, for it is said that two become one flesh. Do we want to be united with a “prostitute”? When we could be united with our perfect groom?
Paul reminded the people in Corinth that those who unite themselves with the Lord are one with him in spirit. It works the same way as uniting yourself with someone in marriage, except you should strive to be more like the Lord. Your ways should become His ways, your body should belong to Him, your mind should think of things that are glorifying to Him.
Some people feel that being “one with the Lord” is constricting, just like they think the vows of marriage are constricting. But boundaries are necessary. The Lord loves His children and protects them, becoming one with Him does mean changes in our lives and moving away from sin, but it also means the sweetest relationship and love that you could ever imagine. You will hear from God in different ways, you will know that He is speaking to you when you are one with Him. The closer your life comes to Him the more you will understand his will and His ways.
When we are one with the Lord who can be against us. Trials will come but we will never be alone. We need to see our relationship with the Lord the way that we see a marriage, and its difficult to do that because of the way that marriages today are falling apart, but to see it as the perfect marriage, where the wife is the helpmate, and her husband respects and values her and her opinion. If we would see ourselves in that light in relationship to the Lord our lives would be miraculously different.
My prayer for you today is that you would see yourself in a light where you realize how being one with God could change your life forever. How walking with Him would bring you closer to Him, would change your wants and your desires. And for believers who are one in spirit with the Lord I pray that you would daily learn to Love your “Groom” more, allow Him to protect you and walk with you through life’s struggles.