Thursday, September 14, 2017

Why Community is Important

We were created for community.  It's that simple.  You need only look to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit- the Trinity, to see that even God is in community. Genesis 1:26 says, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness..." And there are many other ways to know that all three were there in the beginning together... just study your Bible, you'll see. 😊 But that isn't the main focus here today...

The point of this post (that broke my very long absence in the blog-o-sphere) is to share with you why I know that community is important. You see, sometimes life is hard. It just is. Everything breaks at the same time. Everyone's sick at the same time. The bank account is running low but there is still more month left. And sometimes it's even worse, like the notification of a terminal illness, the long-term caring for a parent or grandparent who wants to maintain their independence, or the loss of a loved one.  All of those things are just awful. 

As Christians, we know God hears our prayers and provides comfort, peace, hope, and all the things we need.  And I believe He also provides some of those things through his people- the Church.  

Earlier this week, I received a phone call that had me heart broken and in tears. I immediately prayed and called to mind Psalm 121. And then, I asked for prayer from the small Bible study group that I'm part of on Facebook (made up mostly of ladies from my local church). And I talked to two other dear Christian sisters and asked for prayer.  Immediately people were praying and giving me scriptures for encouragement- it was wonderful! I felt such love and support and I know God placed all of those ladies in my life and I am so grateful for them.  And that's it. That's the beauty of community. My small group didn't even need to know all the details to come along side me, pray for me and send virtual hugs! It was a beautiful display and wonderful reminder of God's faithfulness and it was through his people.

If you are a Christian and you do not regularly attend church then you are missing out.  If you're only coming once a week and not really plugged in then you're missing out too. Community doesn't just happen with Sunday morning attendance.  It is in the Sunday School/small group classes. It's in the Women or Men ministry meetings.  It's in serving with a group of people- singing in the choir, rocking babies, teaching 4 year olds, counting money, delivering meals, leading in Awana, working out together! It's getting to know each other and building relationships. Knowing there are people you can trust. It's being there for them and knowing they will be there for you. It doesn't happen in the church alone, but that is a great place to start!

And here's the deal, in full disclosure, sometimes community is messy because people are messy.  We are ALL sinners.  The best thing to remember is to give grace. Forgive people. And keep engaging. 

If you do not have a church home, then I would love to invite you to mine- Wilson's Mills Baptist Church. We have many areas you can plug into and if you have questions about what those are, I would love to chat with you!

Love in Christ, 


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