The Strategy of Community

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 Posted by Sara

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If community were no biggie to God, I think Jesus might have walked this world like a Navy Seal, incognito and performing covert operations....leaving no trace behind.

But even Jesus, who could have accomplished everything on His "To Do" list of life without our help, valued relationship so much he dove into the nitty gritty of life surrounding himself with a motley crew of friends.  Jesus gathered a special task force of 12, whom he intentionally did life with, while rubbing shoulders with people from all walks of life.  He seemed fervent in breaking down social and economical stereotypes that held people back from relationship and then released a small community of believers to take His Good News to the ends of the earth.  He gifted them with His Holy Spirit and power from on high - and each other.  Community is powerful.  God knows it.

And so does the enemy, that's why he's so hell-bent on isolating us.  If he can just get us feeling alone we become far more susceptible to believing all the lies he's ready to spew our direction.  God knew we'd need each other, not only because our unique giftings and callings compliment each other, but sometimes we need the eyes and ears of others to remember what is true, to be encouraged, and to continue forward in our journey of life with Christ.

Like Anitra, I am also a award winning introvert - I like my alone time and don't generally verbally process my life.  And like Joline, I need to be intentional with my time - more so, because I have a tendency to draw away.  And while, there is a different balance for each of us, we are meant to be a blessing to others in our life, and to receive a blessing from others through relationships.  So, maybe this week is just an opportunity to check in with yourself and with the Lord - how are you doing about building healthy relationships in your life?  Are there people in your life that are feeding you, and that you are pouring into?  If not, where might you find your next appointment? Walking buddy? Coffee date? Bible study? Small group? Phone friend? 

If you find yourself at a loss for time or ideas, I'll leave you with this precious promise:
"On the day I called, you answered me;
    my strength of soul you increased." Psalm 138:3

God knows what you need.  And He is able to supply.

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