Community matters to God. His Word speaks of it 86 times in the NIV.
In Exodus, God commands Israel to sacrifice, to abstain, to travel, to celebrate, to fast, to grumble, to pray, to eat, to build, to worship, to hear, to seek, to drink, to remember and to believe. All in community.
And that’s just in Exodus.
“Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water.”-Exodus 15:22 (NIV)
The Israelites do virtually nothing apart from one another–all 600,000 (plus women, children and livestock). They are sowing into one another while they do the hard and seemingly mundane together. They are experiencing miraculous deliverance as well as well-known doubt. That’s the kind of community that God is interested in. They experienced community in this way so that when their Red Sea moment arose and the true freedom bell rang, they could trust The One, as well as one another, enough to ring it together.
It’s not a race to see who is best. It’s journeying forward, through every experience, ready to rejoice (or grumble) alongside one another.
Do you know community like this? Or are you on the fast track to single-successes for God, in turn finding yourself without others to celebrate with? If you think you don’t have that sort of community available to you, are you willing to open yourself up to the God who is the generator of all good things, and who is deeply interested in giving you others to travel alongside?
This is what He wants for all of us. Lean in and let Him show you how to begin to cultivate it right where you are.
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