Living in Community Part 2

May 26, 2009

We know living in community is part of what we need as Christians. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work; if one falls down his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” And again in the New Testament we see Paul pleading with the church, saying, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another- and all the more as you see the Day approaching” Hebrews 10:25.

And the kicker in James 5:17 is, “Therefore, confesses your sins to each other and pray for each other, so that you may be healed”. Healed, huh? Sounds like freedom to me. What about you? Was not Jesus’ ministry to heal our hearts, minds and souls of all the muck and mire of the world? Did He not spend countless hours with a group of imperfect men, whom I could assume left a little trail of their muck where they went? And who spent minutes of the day debating over things like, who was Jesus’ favorite? So like us humans.

But the point of the story is that, at the end of the day, when the sun set over Samaria, and Jesus was lounging with James, Peter and the rest of his crew, He was in a community. And at high noon, when Paul was visiting churches, he was in midst of community. And when you and I, share life; honest, gut wrenching life with one another, we are creating something holy, and that is called community.

So I challenge you this week. As you talk to people, both online and off, may you have new eyes to see, these seekers and guests as an extension of your community. To acknowledge that by communicating, you are inviting them into your journey as they are inviting you into theirs. You are welcoming their hurts and pains, their questions and frustrations, their joys and excitements ….their truth. Yes, you are meeting them where they are at, in all their muck, and you in all of yours…. so that the Holy Spirit can use its great and grand power to heal us.

So, today, this week, this year, may you see the people you know and the people you meet a God given opportunity in which we can share life together, and one in which you could gently ask the recipient, Would you come out from hiding?… Would you be willing to trust a powerful God and others? Because after all, it is only by doing this in your community that authentic healing can happen…. on your end and the other. And if you want to extend sharing your faith with others, join us in responding to seekers. Just go to www.GMOJoinUs.com to learn more.

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