Thankful for Community

It’s weeks like this when I have more free time that I constantly am looking for interaction with others that I haven’t seen in a while. I love spending time with people; it gives me energy. Maybe you are more of an introvert, and you are thinking, “a week full of interacting with people? I wouldn’t want to see anyone, and just relax!”. There’s always a balance of finding time to breathe by yourself (even if it’s for 2 seconds in the closet where no one can find you and ask you for something…), or calling a friend to catch up.

God created us for community. He created woman to be man’s helper, but also because He knew we needed community. After the church was formed in its early days, the Apostles knew this, and it’s recorded in Acts 2:

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common.45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

These early founders of the church did life together! And, because of this, the Lord added to their number daily. He blessed them in their efforts to love on one another, and encourage one another. You too were created for community.

Today, I would encourage you to think of your community that you are currently part of. Thank God for those people, and for how they encourage you. Maybe even take the time to send a text or a note to someone in particular in that group that you appreciate or have seen God use them in a way to encourage you.

Have more time? Want to go deeper?

  • Make a list of the people in your community. Pray for each person, for their needs, praise Him for ways that He’s done things in their life, and pray for anything else that comes to mind.
  • Struggling to think of who your community is? Pray for God to show you who might need a friend. Put yourself out there today, and plan a get-together to help build some community.
  • Do you have community to call you out when you are struggling with sin? If yes, praise Him for that. Reach out and see how others might need you this week. If not, pray for God to send you someone to keep you accountable.

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