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Community or Calamity: Which Do You Choose?

      I have come to realize that nothing of significant value should ever be accomplished alone. There are too many times in life I have tried to forge ahead and accomplish a project or move forward on an idea without bringing other people on board; and the result is usually less than ideal! President Lyndon Johnson said it well when he stated: “There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves.” One is too small of a number to achieve anything worthwhile…we need each other!
I am intrigued by the fact that the early church clearly understood this concept much better t an we do. Immediately after the Holy Ghost was poured out and the church was born – you see these believers “…continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart” (Acts 2:46). There was an explicit bond that held these believers together bringing the strength needed to build this newfound organism known as the church. When you consider the monumental task they were undertaking as well the opposition they were about to face – they needed this bond. I guess my question is: what makes us any different?
We live in a segmented and divided society. We close our doors, shut our gates, and hide behind shades and curtains. Our business is nobody’s business and the less interaction we have with other people – the better off we think we are. “Face time” has been replaced with “Facebook” and we would rather text someone than actually engage in conversation with them. It is certainly not all negative as our world is certainly a much “smaller” place as our connection to it has grown larger. But the social disconnect has led us into a spiritual disconnect where people are content to merely slip in and out of church seemingly unnoticed and – at least in their minds – unscathed. But the problem is that we have lost the sense of community within the body of Christ; the sense that we are not on this journey alone – but rather we are walking the walk of faith together as brothers and sisters. God never intended for the church to be a place of entertainment but rather a place of enlightenment and encouragement. The encouragement comes when you actually engage with other believers and allow their heart to be intimately connected to your heart. We share the triumphs – the struggles – the questions along with the ultimate answers that we seek.
It is imperative that the church cultivate a closer community within the body of Christ.      A community earmarked by genuine concern as well as motivation to improve our lives; a community that rejoices with those who rejoice and weeps with those who weep; a community where when a person’s world comes crashing down around them – they are secure in where they need to go. With a society that is tragically falling apart morally, socially, economically and most importantly – spiritually; the church must be a safe harbor in which souls can find refuge and safety. The common thread that links every individual is their need to feel secure. Security comes through a community linked tightly by the Spirit of God and the principles of His Word. Embrace – but even more importantly – embellish that community today. You are important to the body of Christ – don’t ever minimize the power of community.

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