Philippians 3: 17-18
17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.
Community, connection, us being valuable, together. Those are some of the powerful experiences when we are being a community together. When we have made the invisible Christ visible, in the Fall Clean-Up, made a meal for someone in need or helped someone with rides to Chemo treatments. Being there and freely giving simply what we can, can make the world of difference. It not only serves those in need but our own sense as a valuable soul is touched too. When people connect in relationship and community it is often described as “the time I felt most alive.” Our Great Lord shows us in example and points us repeatedly to the message of relationship and community, being one body.
We currently live in a culture that is identified as a corporate culture. That basically means our needs are met through corporations for food, clothes, learning, medical, in fact most all our needs are provided via a corporation. Now that is not bad per se because they can, in most cases, meet far more needs then an individual, but the one thing it does bypass is community. It makes us not as needed individually with each other. It interferes with us connecting and working together in relational ways as a community. This corporate influence messes with the church community as well.
In the times of Paul the community needed each other regularly to share their skills and abilities as a means of survival. Even then Paul is reminding them to connect and rely on each other not only for needs but for learning and spiritual growth. Consider how this corporate influence may have turned your church community experience into a place to go get your spiritual needs met without requiring relational and community interaction. Seek purposely to connect in community and relationship with one another, striving to develop your experience in our church and extended community as “the times I feel most alive”
Dear loving Lord Praise to you and your name. Forgive us for all our sins which keep us from having a full relationship with You and others. Help us Lord, to revitalize our community sense before we forget that being relational and working as one are the times we feel most valuable and alive. Give us wisdom on how each of us as the different individuals we are can be as one body reaching beyond our walls to all people with the good news of Christ’s salvation. May we have an inviting spirit either through words or actions to all to become part of Your community. Amen
By: Brian Henderson