Have you ever been to a tailgate party for your favorite sports team? They can be great fun. Hanging out with fellow fans decked out in the proper attire with the appropriate face painting. People from different walks of life coming together to support and cheer on their team to victory. There is a sense of community amongst everyone.
Community is something we all seek in our lives. Whether it is with fellow fans of our favorite sports team. Or friends from work, our neighborhood, hobbies. Or even our favorite watering hole.
We want to belong somewhere, to someone. To know someone sees us, cares about us. It is innate with each of us. We search it out and are thankful when we do find it.
We were created for community. Look in Genesis 2 in the very beginning we see God in perfect community with Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. God says it is not right for man to be alone and therefore created Eve to be in community with Adam. From the beginning humanity has been designed to be connected with each other and with God.
No wonder we search it out so naturally.
Read I Peter 2:4-5:
“As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
See how we have been chosen by God. Set apart and now have the identity of being a person of God. We have a community we belong to and can rely on. Our new rallying point is now Jesus Christ. When we receive the sacrament of Baptism we no longer float alone through life. We are claimed by God to be one of His own and now have a new identity.
As a disciple of Jesus Christ we need to seek out community with fellow disciples. It is not possible to be a “Lone Ranger” Christian. Through sharing life and faith with one another we support and encourage each other. Being a part of a community of believers we are able to withstand the attacks of the enemy.
We are bonded together around our common rallying point, Jesus Christ. As a united community we are able to live questionable lives, lives that are different and causes others to ask us the reason for our hope, our joy, our peace.
Who is a part of your community? Who are your encouragers?
May you all be resolved to remain together, centered on Jesus Christ, serving with all your heart where you are.
This Week’s Challenge:
Share with your community of fellow disciples an area of your faith journey you would like to grow in. Ask for their prayers & encouragement.