If you’re reading this that means you have come back to read the second part of our three-part series, Wholehearted Seeking, where we touch on three main areas and how to seek the Kingdom of God in those areas. If you’re here for the first time, check out the link at the bottom of this page to take you to part one where we went over our devotion life. This post is going to be about the importance of community and what healthy community looks like.
Importance of Community
The importance of community has been evident since the beginning of creation. Genesis 1:26 says “Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” From the beginning, we see that we were created in the image of God. Notice it says “Let us make mankind in our image” God is three in one, He is the Father, the Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit. This right here shows us that if we were created in God’s image and likeness then that means we were created for community.
If we are someone who is a “Lone Wolf”, who is to hold us accountable? Who will be there to push us forward? What will we do when times get hard? To isolate yourself from others or to avoid contact with others as much as possible is called Social Isolation. Social Isolation can lead to loneliness or negative self-esteem.
Community doesn’t just mean having people in your life though, it also matters about how close you let them in. To have legitimate community is to live life with others, which means you have to let others into your life in a deeper way. This is hard because many of us have been hurt by people we’ve let in but we can’t let that past situation keep us from what God has for us when Christ has freed us from that pain.
Just as important as community itself is, so is healthy community. When we have unhealthy community, that can lead to pain and cause us to carry baggage. That is why it is just as important to have healthy community. The Bible speaks on having healthy and unhealthy community. “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” Proverbs 13:20. If our inner circle is filled with people who are relentlessly pursuing God and have true wisdom from God, then we will grow in wisdom and prosper spiritually, mentally and emotionally. If our inner circle is filled with people who are against God and do foolish things then we will suffer spiritually, mentally and emotionally.
So what does healthy community look like? If we look in Acts 2:42-47 We see what healthy community is. “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 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.”
The early Church had community exactly the way God intended. They had everything in common, the took care of each other, they met regularly to know God better, they ate together and they worshiped together. This is what we should model our community after.
There is one way to positively get into healthy community. That is getting plugged into a local church that preaches the Bible. When you start attending, you should start serving, get into a small group. When we live life with other believers, we begin to walk out what God has for us in community.