Big Idea: We’ve been designed for community.
Hebrews 12.1 (CSB): Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us...
Devotion: I, along with Dad and my step-mother, was riding the river a year ago and I was at the helm. It had been a hot minute since I had been on the Bogue Chitto, but dad knows the river like the back of his hand. All was good until he stopped helping me spot snags and other issues that lurk under the water (he thought I had gotten the hang of it). Next thing we know, we were in a minor boating incident. Nobody was hurt, but we were definitely shaken. After we regained our composure, we were able to laugh it off (that was Dad’s first boating incident in 64 years of life).
As I have thought about the incident, I have thought of our constant need for community. God designed us to be in relationship and it is not good when we not in relationship with others (Gen. 2.18). When we are plugged in with the body of Christ, we find encouragement (Eph. 4.29), accountability (Heb. 10.24-25), and support (2 Cor. 1.3-7). When we are connected with the body of Christ, we continue to grow because we have others walking the Disciple’s Journey with us.
In other words, we need others. Just think about the boating incident...had Dad and I communicated with one another about what was ahead, the we could have avoided the snag all together. In the same way, God calls us to be active in the body of Christ so that we may grow and watch out for one another. Get connected with your brothers and sisters in Christ, today.
-Do you value your relationships with your brothers and sisters in Christ?
-What can you do to be connected with the body of Christ while we are in a time of social distancing?
-Pray and thank God for creating us for community. Ask him to help you connect with the body of Christ during this season.
Christianity means community through Jesus Christ and in Jesus Christ. No Christian community is more or less than this. —Dietrich Bonhoeffer