Day 7

Day 7: Community

Romans 1:11-12: “I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong—that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.”

Lesson: In our culture, independence is highly valued. There is honor and dignity in being able to take care of ourselves and our families. We are taught from a young age the importance of being able to stand on our own two feet and not to rely on anyone else. While these values are important and valid, they can also push us away from the will of God. They can cause us to believe that we cannot ask for or accept help when we need it. We can fall into a line of thinking that says, “I am alone. No one understands me or what I am struggling with. If I share my struggles with someone else, they will see me as a burden. If I confess my sins to someone else, they will judge me. If I show them my true self, they will reject me.” This thinking is entirely in opposition to what the Bible says, and it can hold us back from receiving the support, freedom, forgiveness, and acceptance we are promised by God as His children.

When picturing Jesus during his ministry, it can be easy to picture him as a solemn, holy leader who was always caring and kind to those around him and was always full of peace and joy. But, while Jesus was fully God, he was also fully man. He did not live a worry-free life. When we read of Jesus’ last moments before his arrest, he is described as overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. In his most desperate moment, he does not conceal his struggles and emotions, but invites his closest disciples to share in them. He tells them his burdens and asks them to be with him.

God did not intend for us to do life alone; rather, he called us to do life together in community. The opening verse today highlights why community is so important in helping us find joy. When we place ourselves in community, we create a support system in which we can be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. In this season where we are called to practice social distancing and self-quarantining out of an abundance of caution, finding community is especially important. During this season, we can depend upon each other for support and encouragement. 

Activity: Read the story of Jesus at Gethsemane with his disciples (Matthew 26:36-39). Pray that God would help you find and build community during this season. Purposefully make a plan to practice community today or in this upcoming week. Here are some suggestions for socially distant community activities:
  • Share a meal or a cup of coffee over Zoom with a few of your friends
  • Host a movie night using Netflix Party
  • Send encouraging texts to let others know you are praying for them
  • Call or Facetime with a friend or family member
  • Reach out to a leader or trusted friend and share your feelings openly
Posted in