It’s been said “You are what you eat.” I’m not entirely sure I understand that quote since I eat Mexican food about 4 times a week and my Spanish is still lacking considerably.
I recently ran across this quote though
“You are who you hang out with.” – unknown
This one I can wrap my mind around. I’ve watching in my life and the lives of others the truth of this statement become the reality.
Relationships are so important for all of us. Whether you’re an introvert, extrovert or somewhere in between the relationships we have help shape our identity, experiences, and often our self-worth.
In a different context we read in Genesis 2:18 where God said
“It is not good for man to be alone…”
It is with that in mind that I challenged our campus on Sunday related to community and the church. Intentionally connecting our lives to one another. The primary arm of our church to do this is Life Groups. These are groups of approximately 12 people meeting in homes and businesses throughout the community, usually 1 or more times a month.
However, my purpose in writing this is not to get you to sign up for Life Groups at our church. I wonder how you view your life. Do you view it through the lens of individuality or in the context of others?
I said it this way Sunday:
Because we know the names Adam, Eve, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Rahab, David, Esther, Nehemiah, Jesus, Peter, Paul, Timothy and John we may assume that God is into the stories of individuals…and He is.
But we forget that Adam’s story was incomplete without Eve.
Noah’s story wasn’t about solitude but about his family being saved on that boat
Abraham’s covenant with God was about generations of people
Joseph’s dream was about the salvation of his family and his people
Moses led millions of people out of captivity
Joshua led their kids into the promise
Rahab overcame her reputation by saving Israeli spies
David ruled a nation by rallying an army of outcasts
Esther was chosen for the palace to speak on behalf of her people who had to remain silent
Nehemiah rebuilt a wall to protect his people from their enemies
Jesus recruited 12 disciples
Peter received a vision and took the Gospel to the Gentiles
Paul planted churches filled with people across the known world
Timothy was his protege
John received a vision so people would know about the future
Every story in Scripture has similar qualities. It’s all about community.
Because we talk in the church about your personal relationship with God you may think God is only concerned with individuals…but we forget that your story is about others too.
What would happen if you expanded your thoughts beyond “What is happening to me?” to “How can what’s happening to me help someone else?”
You were created for community. Take the risk. Find people to do life with.
If you’d like to hear Sunday’s message click HERE.
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