September 8th 2010

Choose Community

“It is not good that man should be alone…”
Genesis 2:18 (NKJV)
 
We were created to be part of a community.  No one should be lonely.  God didn’t create human beings because he was lonely but because he wanted to share with us what he had.  The Trinity points to the fact that we need each other.  The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are a community; the highest form of community, and they want us to be part of it.  They are so close Jesus could say, “The Father is in me and I in him.”  We have been invited into the fellowship of the Trinity.

Aristotle said, “Without friendships no one would choose to live, even if they had all other good things in life.”

God knew this and he began with making humans in his own image—he made two with the capacity of achieving oneness.  The delight of belonging gives us the opportunity to give and grow in unity and love.

Enoch lived for 365 years and walked in close fellowship with God for over 300 years.  There are many others we could name who had a close fellowship with God.

The Church is a fellowship, a community, which surpasses any other on earth today.  It is likened to branches on a vine, or sheep in one fold, many members in one body.

It is in fellowship that Jesus comes, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20).  That’s community.  In community we find happiness, health and growth.

The greatest community is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and we are invited in.  When the Church really understood what Jesus said, it became the finest community in the world.

Prayer
Thank you so much, Father, for the privilege of being part of your community.  Please help me to be the best example I can so you can invite others in through me.
Amen

Study by Jill Newman

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