I've been thinking a lot about community lately. As we were getting ready for cell group the other night, the word just kept running through my mind. And I was sort of like "yeah, duh.... this is why we do cell group"... but I think it's bigger than that.
This morning this song has been going through my head - and no, I'm not crazy... I just happened to watch the original Disney Classic... Parent Trap ... like a million times when I was growing up. There's a part toward the end where the twins sing this song:
Let's get together... yeah yeah yeah
Think of all that we could share
Let's get together, everyday
Everyway and everywhere
And though we haven't got a lot
We could be sharing all we've got
So, here it is: Some of my friends and I have been reading New Testament letters from Paul to various churches, and one of his overriding themes is getting along with other believers, and being united in purpose.
A lot of times, we find our own agenda - become obsessed with some other pursuit and step on, over and around all other family members who find themselves in our way. Unfortunately, that's not the way we're supposed to move forward. We need each other. We need the gifts our other family members have, and we need more than one perspective on things. We need the love and support that comes from living in community with others.
You may be called to feed the poor, or seek out the lost, pour yourself out for the "least of these" - all are completely true (we're all called to these pursuits) - but in seeking those opportunities, or finding them all around you - you cannot separate from the body.
Supporting each other in love and prayer is part of being a part of the family - and allowing people in on your visions, ministry opportunities and goals is also part of being a family. One with out the other is lopsided, and unhealthy.
Obviously, this isn't and hasn't been an easy thing for centuries, the way Paul talks to those New Testament churches, you'd think they really struggled with just "getting along"... and I think that's not really that far off from where we are.
Community is the relational, physical way we can participate in this sometimes complex concept of "the body of Christ". We cannot stand alone - we were never called to. We're attached to each other, so we might as well join forces and actually move toward the same goal. If one eye is looking east and the other west... how does the knee know where to go?
So, here's to community! Gather your family close to you - unite in purpose. Without a united front, we are weak and open for attack.