Is Community Important?
As someone who is about as hip as my 76-year-old grandmother, basically behind on every trend from here to Sunday, I know what it feels like to be out of touch. While I have come to accept that I will not be the next fashion icon, I really do not enjoy feeling out of touch with the Lord. Nevertheless, from time to time I don’t feel as connected to my creator as I want to be. When these times come about, after the initial panic, I try to figure out what exactly is causing this distance between me and my creator. Did I sin? Yeah, probably, but if we are being perfectly honest I sin every day and these distant moments are not that frequent of an occurrence. What caused this rift in my groove with the Lord? We talk all the time, why do I feel like I’m on a transcontinental call?
Let me tell you something; community is one of the most important aspects of your walk with the Lord. Obviously, the most important aspect is our amazing Maker and our sweet Saviour and the Holy Spirit that moves within us. Right after that beautiful Holy Trinity, comes community. They are the ones who keep you accountable in the word. They are the ones who pour Christ’s love into you when you’re in a funk and feeling a little disconnected. They are the ones who impart their wisdom onto you, whom you impart your wisdom onto, and then you grow together in your faith. They are the ones who help you up when the world knocks you down. They are the people the Lord placed in your life because He knows you, and He sees you, and He hears you, and He knows exactly what you need.
Community doesn’t have to be a large group of fellow believers, it can be a mentor, a friend, a family member. Community can be whoever the Lord sends you to help you find your way back to him and stay on the higher path for your life. The Lord knows you and cares for you so deeply and provides exactly what you need.
“You have searched me, LORD, and you know me.” Psalm 139:1
Upon reflection, whenever I feel out of touch, I find I am also not as involved in my community as I usually am. Now I am not saying that you need to be with your bible study or prayer group around the clock, as an introvert I am a huge advocate of alone time with the Lord. What I am saying is that you need a group of people to help you stay on your path, to help you see God’s way when your vision gets a little blurry. Because when someone is pouring the Lord’s love into in front of your very eyes, when God’s love is right up in your face, that’s when He’s pulling you right back into his arms after you wander off a little. Sometimes we get so caught up in our own lives that we need someone else to help us figure it out, and you know what? That is completely alright, that is what God gave us community for.
When we feel out of touch, it is not because God has put us on hold or has stopped listening. When we feel out of touch, it is due to something in our lives obstructing our line of communication to the Lord. Sometimes we can get so engulfed by this roadblock, that we get stuck there running our head into a wall. This is the time when we need community, when we need someone to help us get perspective on our situation, and our loving Lord graciously provides.
Kathy // @kathysteinberger