It seems that, in order to experience the fullness that life has to offer, we have to be a part of a community. And it also seems like I keep coming across this message, over and over again these days. When I say community, I’m not talking about your neighborhood. Though, I suppose we shouldn’t exclude them!
Alright, so my life isn’t meant for me to live alone. I get it..really, I do. Internally, I understand. And in fact, INTERNALLY is where I prefer figuring stuff out for myself. What can I say, really? It’s just my jam, and I’m good at it! Solo living.
Except, I’m a Christian. There’s that. And as far as I can tell, it’s kinda..well, my duty, to invite others into mine and my family’s lives. Specifically, “others” who walk by faith. Not just by letting them in our front door for coffee either, but into the parts of our lives that leave us vulnerable.
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The challenge here is, this took many..many..many years for the people that I’m CLOSEST with to even get an invitation to, if even ever extending one. So, therein lies my struggle. Or one, anyway.
I greatly desire filling myself – like, overflowing – with the power of God. I do believe a requirement for that, is to have real, raw community with my brothers and sisters in Christ.
Everybody that’s WITH us – physically – unfortunately, isn’t always FOR us spiritually. Nor, are they capable of encouraging us to push forward to our eternal goals. But when I fully involve myself with groups of similar thinking individuals, and am willing to allow us to learn from each other, God’s power will likely unleash and recreate our future.
It Doesn’t Escape Me
Yes – I absolutely get what I need to be doing. Hell, I’ve got to experience these benefits personally. I’ve let people in the church into my life and vice versa. The walls definitely crumble.
You see, when I first became a Christian, I saw the walls break down before my very eyes. Slowly, but nonetheless, my well-built walls were coming undone. I also saw God work in amazing ways through it.
See The Pattern?
As I think of the influential people in my life, when I first began seeking connections within the church, I often wonder what might’ve been..if they hadn’t come out of their comfort zones. Sitting with someone and willingly sharing details of your story, shouldn’t be thought about as being a minor event. I was hesitant and withdrawn in our church Boot Camp, as they’d call it. This was a chance for people to feel out the church’s mission, and make sure they like it was a good fit for their life. I was a..somewhat, single mother, unsure of how I came to this point. Because of a couple people inviting me and my 3 babies to an Easter gathering, my destiny would change. These pepole of faith were being led to welcome me in and they were obedient to it – so for that, I’m eternally grateful.
Can I really ignore the fact that someone out there needs the same kind of encouragement from me? No doubt, I’m an introvert. To say that I don’t open up very easily, would be a vast understatement. But…where I’m weak, He’s strong.
I pray He’ll guide me to people, I’m meant to be in community with during this very season. May I be open to living real honest life, as I’m called to do, with them. And vice versa. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” Proverbs 27:17
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