My Monday nights consist of small group with a variety of people from my home church. We meet in a living room, discuss Scripture and talk about how it applies to our lives, and end the nights praying for one another.
I have loved getting to know this very random group of people over the past couple of months, but it wasn’t until this week’s meeting that I felt a deep connection to them.
One of the ladies in our group is struggling. Heck, we are all struggling. But this particular friend decided to be incredibly vulnerable and share the current hurts in her life with us.
The ladies of our group sat around her on the floor in a back room of the house. As she shared her struggle, a couple other women shared how they struggle with very similar things. Vulnerability is contagious.
As these sisters of mine were sharing hearts and tears were being shed, I felt a sense of peace. No, I wasn’t excited about the hard things life brings, but I was very excited about the picture of community I was witnessing.
As we sat there, I thought to myself, “This is exactly why Jesus wants us to be in community. This is why He gave us the church.” We are not meant to carry burdens with our strength alone. It is a gift that we get to share our burdens with one another.
Community is beautiful. Personally, I believe it is one of the most amazing gifts God thought to give us. And with every good gift that comes from the Father comes a battle with the enemy to make the gift ineffective. The enemy wants to squash the beauty of community. He wants us to be scared of vulnerability. He wants us to think we must have all of life together in order to be accepted. But these lies are so far from truth.
Let’s not let him win.
As a member of the church, how can you help establish an environment of vulnerability and truth?
Father, I praise you for the gift of community. Thank you for giving us the church to share our burdens and joys with one another. I pray that you will help us be real. Help us share life so that we can bare one another’s burdens and celebrate in one another’s joys. Please help your Kingdom grow because of the way we do life together. In your name I pray.