One of the things I am passionate about is community. It is kind of funny how I struggle with community yet I am passionate about its importance and necessity. For there are an infinite number of reasons why communities break down and it is most often that those in most need of community are the ones that are not accepted or welcomed.
We all need community for isolation is never healthy. I believe one of the essential functions of the church is to provide community. Even more so in our modern world where loving, healthy community is lacking.
So what is community and why is it important? To me the essence of community is similar to a family but blood ties are unneeded. It is the bringing together of people of different ages, races, personalities, skills and traits that share their lives together in unity. Diversity with loving acceptance of differences is not only necessary but essential for growth among the community. It is important to have community because we as humans all need help and most important love. We are imperfect, broken, have limited skills and knowledge. We need to learn from each other and utilize each other’s knowledge and skills.
Over the years I have been a part of various communities at various levels of involvement. Some have had Christ as their head and some have not. None of them where perfect, all of them were unhealthy on some level for when you bring broken people into a community then the community will always be broken. This is why Jesus Christ is the key for he came not only to heal us as individuals but also our communities. Jesus Christ is the head and he is the foundation. He is the one that gives us the tools to transform communities and to grow in unity through the Holy Spirit. We each have an important part to play in our community.
So to those who feel like they lack community, I pray God would lead you to either build or join a community that has Christ as its head. To those who are already part of a community, I pray God will show you your part to play in joining God in the work he is doing. For there is a great blessing in joining God in the work he is doing in our broken world. Amen.
“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:19-25