I’ve been thinking a lot lately about this social networking age we live in. I remember years ago, before marriage and kids, endless conversations at bustling coffee shops with sisters with whom I was actually living life with. It used to be tears shed together, hands held in times of prayer, and laughter as we wiped tears away and received the saving grace of Jesus once again. This was a way of community somewhat reflective of the early days in Acts.
“All the believers were together and had everything in common… Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved”. -Acts 2:44, 46-47 (NIV-emphasis mine).
For some of us, myself included, community in Christ doesn’t look like this anymore. It looks like sincere Facebook comments, virtual “(((hugs)))” and a multitude of emoticons.
But this isn’t the community we were designed for.
We were designed to break bread together–physically and emotionally. To share a meal and to share our lives. To bend and break surrounded by hands willing to cover and uphold and put back when we can’t.
So the question today is this: what will it take? What sacrifice must be made in our lives today to live in the fullness of community we were designed for? God is good and the Holy Spirit has opened doors to allow incredible God-glorifying virtual communities across the miles, but could we possibly be shutting out those He has placed in our physical circle simply because it’s “easier” to just connect with our fingertips instead of our whole beings? Can we believe Him to provide for us the kind of community where we are able to hold hands in prayer, wipe tears away, and hear the sweet sound of joy-filled laughter face-to-face?
Believe today that God has something immeasurably bigger awaiting all of us if we would be willing to fight complacency and strive for the community we were given in Christ Jesus. It has to be better than the loneliness of an empty room and a lit-up screen. There are beautiful sisters and brothers in need of our fellowship, and we are in such need of theirs too.
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