So far in REFOCUS:
- We’ve looked at how we need to Dump Distractions in order to better focus on God.
- We’ve seen that we need to Pray Profusely in order to communicate with God.
- We’ve talked about Godly Goals and how we can sometimes lose sight of why were we doing them in the first place.
- And finally we’ve seen how it is necessary to go through a Digital Detox and unplug from the world so we can plug back in to God.
The factor that I believe is essential to all Christians and the thing that ties all of the Refocus blogs together is
As Christians, we are called to be in community with one another in order to:
Being surrounded by fellow Christians pushes us to continue to grow in our faith. It is very difficult to stay static in your faith when you are continuously cocooned (growing and changing community of others who share and understand your faith.
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
- be held ACCOUNTABLE
I don’t know about you, but when I know that I am accountable to someone, and that I need to be able justify and explain my actions or decisions, I tend to make very different choices. When living in community you are held accountable for your actions because it is no longer only you who is affected, but also everyone in your group as well. You become responsible for yourself and others and it makes a world of a difference!
- have SUPPORT and ENCOURAGEMENT from fellow Christians
Now it is all well and good to want to grow and to have people who will hold you accountable for your actions, but you also need support in order to do these things. We were not meant to be alone. We are built to live and thrive in community with one another.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
God did not leave Adam alone, but created Eve:
The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
Jesus was not alone but had his twelve disciples
The twelve were not alone, but travelled with others to spread the message and establish Churches.
Churches are a community of individuals who come together to worship God.
And so on and so forth… We are called to live in COMMUNITY and NOT ALONE and I urge you to find YOURS. Find a place where you are loved, where you are supported and encouraged, where you are held accountable to others and where you are able to grow in your faith!
PS. Here are more great verses about community: http://dailyverses.net/community