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Did you know the Bible commands that we have a community of believers around us?
Community is biblically represented in many lives of well known biblical figures, for example, in the life of David.
David was not surrounding himself with the right individuals to tell him that he needed to stay away from Bathsheba.
He lacked a community of believers that were going to confront him in his sin and let him know that what he was doing was wrong.
We need biblical community in our lives because we are so easily deceived by our own hearts. The community of believers that we surround ourselves with can see the externals that reflect what is really in our heart. We weren't made to live in isolation where hidden sins take root and we often become blind to our own sin.
BUT, community isn't all just flowers and rainbows and feel good we are all a family vibe.
Community is needed for growth, to confront others and not to just be a "cheerleader" in the Christianity realm, but rather being willing to help and take part in carrying the load.
And we must remember this central theme that will be the key to the success of Christian community: nobody owes you community.
Community is something that we must offer freely. God will nourish us in our giving and he will fulfill us with everything that we need. If our only source of strength comes from ourselves, it won't take very long for us to break under the pressure. The need for acceptance and love CANNOT be fulfilled by community, only Christ can fill that desire. So no matter how beautiful community may appear and no matter how much of a blessing it is, it is also a lot of work and sacrifice of ourselves.
Community will never be perfect because we live in a world of sin and brokenness. If our ideal of community starts with the idea of "making earth heaven" it will be destroyed by itself.
Christ must be the center. We cannot have a "I need community to work" perspective because at the center of this concept is ME.
Are we truly willing to love even if we are hungry? Are we willing to take God's command to make true Christian community a part of our lives?