Monday, January 20, 2014

(40 Days of Focus) Day SIXTEEN: "Created for Community"

Read: "How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head, that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe. Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion. And there the Lord has pronounced his blessing, even life everlasting" (Psalm 133:1-3, NLT).

Think About It: Have you ever thought about what Churches, bars, clubs, and online dating services have in common? In each of these settings there are people who are seeking to satisfy a longing of being together. There is a desire for relationship, community, and an escape from the monotony of isolation. I am one of the world's worst patients when it comes to not feeling well. It doesn't happen often, but it was does, watch out. I am down for the count. The first day of “solitary” is actually quite nice. I have no schedule, enjoy peace and quiet, and have the guiltless opportunity to watch the action movies that I want, though they may be void of the "feeling" and "meaning" my wife enjoys. It's perfect. If there is a “day two” of my quarantine, my enjoyment in the solitude doesn't quite match the same level as the day before. Day three becomes more painful. I am a people person. I love being around people. I enjoy my down time and my alone time, but I thrive when I am living in community and within the context of relationships. Without relationships, I am outside of my 
God-designed reality. It’s what I was created for. 

Going Deeper: Whether long or short, everyone in creation has a "relational fuse." You were created for community. You may be an introverted person that enjoys long stints of introspective solitude, but at some point you derive energy from companionship, relationship, and fellowship. You were created for relationship.  David sang a song of such community by declaring in worship of how good it is for brothers and sisters to live together in harmony.  Before you understand the importance of the word “harmony,” slow your pace so as not to overlook the words it follows.  “To live together” is a phrase that carries a powerful element of relationship.  The word “live” means to dwell, to abide; it means to linger and to remain.  It is a word of heart-felt intentionality and resolution.  It’s not by accident, it’s not led by emotion.  It is on purpose and with perseverance that this harmony is a by-product.  It is this brand of community that would be reflective of the anointing and the approval, of God.  It would be a life blessed by an intertwining connection with God. Jesus came to lead the example of a God-honoring relationship lived out in the context of every day community.

Next Step: As a human being created for relationships, how are you connecting? Do you spend a majority of your time isolated or immersed in whatever focus as become priority? Do you take time to unwind with others, sharing the weight of the load with those around you, and being an encouragement to others within your circle of influence? Know that God has created you and purposed within you a call to relationships and community. Look around you. Who in your church or semi-close surroundings have you not yet gotten to know? Make a call. Invite them over. Coffee, board games, or just to talk, it's about living in the harmony and unity of community. It pleases God. It blessed you. It encourages others.

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