Focus 40 Day 23: Extreme Living—Made from Community for Community
Prayer Focus: Pray for a Holy Spirit atmosphere of “togetherness” – Acts 4:32
Extreme Living—Made from Community for Community
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image.”
—Genesis 1:26 (RSV)
Everything started with community. God is three in one—Father, Son, and Spirit. The use of the plural in Genesis 1 reminds us that we were created out of community and made for community. Relationships are first priority in the kingdom of God. Meaningful and effective work flows out of healthy and accountable relationships. The Trinity desires us to experience and replicate connectedness.
We are made for community. No man is an island. When we were created, the Scriptures reflected it wasn’t good for man to be alone. This statement is often understood to speak to the purpose of marriage, but it is also a statement about life.
It is inevitable that there will be times where we are single, not married, but it is never God’s intention that we be alone. He promises to be with us always, and he places us in families and extended families. The church is patterned after the principle of living in community. We need each other and we are better together.
When Jesus began his ministry, one of the first things he did was invite community. He called disciples to be with him. And he even invited an inner circle of three into the private and intimate times of his life and ministry. We are not meant to do life on our own.
Do you have community beyond your family? Are you walking life’s journey with other brothers and sisters in Jesus? Will you seek out accountability and be a safe place for others? Will you be faithful in the body of Christ, the church, and see it not through the eyes of a consumer but as a contributor to community?
Jesus, you come from community and you designed me for it. When I isolate and try to do things on my own, convict me to seek out community and offer community to others. Amen.
Rev. Gary Kendall, Pastor