Community

Five Minute Friday: Community

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 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. (Hebrews 3:12-13)

This is a Scripture that I think about often and wonder how it’s supposed to look in our lives as believers.  How does “exhorting each other daily” happen?  The consequences of it not happening sound very serious — who of us wants to be “hardened through the deceitfulness of sin”?

But do we really treat it as serious?  Do we really realize how important it really is to BE Jesus’ Body?  To be so completely knit with each other that we’re in a place where we can offer exhortation and encouragement and as a general thing, just push each other toward Jesus.  Or do we think that it’s really not that big of a deal to try to follow Jesus on our own?

When, in John 17, Jesus prays for us all to be one as He and His Father are One…what does that look like?

Once I read a book called The Day of Small Beginnings.  A story of some Jesus-followers who really decided that they were going to be the Body to each other daily.  And reading it was amazing in that I discovered that there really are others out there who think the same crazy way I do about community.

That the point isn’t just “being in community” with each other.  The point is pushing each other toward Jesus daily.  All for His glory.

STOP (And that took a bit longer than five minutes…in case you couldn’t tell, this is an issue that I’m very passionate about!)

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