what a deadly experience isolation can be. i read a book a few months ago about a Mt Everest climbing expedition in the ’90s that was a DISASTER! About 1/3 of the team died on the mountain they were trying to conquer and many because they got disconnected from their team.
We all need community in alot of different ways: work, friendships, health, Jesus, specific issues, support groups, etc. Community, I believe, is part of God’s plan for redemption. Furthermore, thanks to the input from my friend Chris Hill, i believe that community on earth is just a trial run for the community that already exists in heaven. Consider Revelation 4 – everything around God’s throne is plural (24 elders, 24 thrones, 7 spirits, cherubim, . . . . ).
So given all of this, here are some community principles Jesus discusses in Matt 13 with several parables:
- stay planted: in Jesus’ parable on the wheat & the tares, the whole point of the exercise was to let the wheat keep growing. To do this, it needed to stay planted & not be disturbed by having the weed / tares removed.
- be changed: in Jesus’ parable on the mustard seed, even though this seed is the smallest seed, Jesus says its changed into a large tree. The seed is changed into a tree & community helps us grow & change – becoming who God has made us to be.
- spend yourself: Jesus’ last parable to the mass of people who were listening to Him was about yeast. Simply put, yeast spends itself to become infused w something greater than it is by itself. When bread is made, you can separate out the yeast. Community is about spending one’s self, even being worn out, for something bigger than our selves – the Kingdom of God.
So, let me encourage you to plug into some Jesus communities – they’re an essential ingredient for God’s kingdom to grow in your life. If you go to Orchard Road Christian Center, check out the link to see some community opportunties! 🙂