Community 101 – Practically Speaking

So I shared some thoughts the other day on the importance of community; of being sharpened. 

I didn’t say how you attain community, however. 

The reason(s) why:

1) I try to keep my posts relatively short (so you will actually read them) 

2) I’m still learning how to attain community, and what community means 😉 

3) my computer froze (true) 

 

What I can say about attaining community as of now is: 

Keep contending for community, and you will eventually see it happen. 

And by contending, I actually mean such words as desiring, wanting, searching, longing, striving, struggling, stretching, etc. 

In Matthew 7:7, Jesus is saying: 

 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 

This is a promise we can all embrace, also when it comes to community. 

He will give us, but we have to ask. He says we will find it, but we have to seek it. He says it will be opened up for us, but we have to knock

I see attaining authentic community as a gift from God, His grace. 

At the same time, attaining and staying in community is highly practical

You have to really want it, and be intentional about attaining and staying in community.

Community won’t just happen by itself. If you’re waiting for others to initiate it, you will probably have to wait for a long time. 

Are you willing to be vulnerable and take the first step? 

You also need to want community so much, you’re willing to go all the way. Even when it takes all you’ve got, and it seems that the easiest way would be to simply walk away from it. 

Are you willing to be vulnerable, accountable, receive and give love freely, forgive, confront, do life with, and die for others

It will cost you, yes, but the interest is also great! 

It is so worth it. That I know. 

 

 

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