The Hard Work of Cultivating Community

By Brooke

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On Monday we talked about the model we have been given in the Israelite’s of what community in Christ can and should look like. The cultivating of it can be the hard part…

Sometimes just showing up is the hard part.

When breaking hard and dry ground with heavy blows of equipment, or sometimes our bare hands, and watering is found only in blood, sweat and tears, we can get discouraged. God’s remedy is community.

Communion with Him first that inspires community with others.

“If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth—we’re not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purges all our sin.”-1 John 1:6-7 (the Message)

Christ first–then the blessing of one another.

By definition, community is a social group of any size whose members agree to joint possession, enjoyment and liability of their value.  To cultivate is to devote oneself to others to promote, develop, and improve growth by labor and attention.

I love that. Joint possession, enjoyment and liability. Cultivating may be less than ideal at times, but doing it for the sake of community guarantees us JOINT possession, enjoyment and liability with Christ in the Kingdom and others here on earth.

So go get your hands dirty. Dig your hands deep into some hard dirt and maybe water it with some long needed tears, Once they’ve been washed by the King, go hold someone else’s hands while they do the same, or better yet, let someone else hold yours.

Its worth it.

brooke

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2 Comments on The Hard Work of Cultivating Community

  1. Jill Mobley
    May 20, 2015 at 6:40 am (3 years ago)

    Love this! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Brenda
    May 20, 2015 at 6:59 am (3 years ago)

    This is just the best.

    Reply

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