1 Corinthians 12:12
Whether you’ve been a follower of Christ for a long time or you’re new to your faith, you have likely been introduced to the concept or the phrase “being in community.” We often use this phrase and similar phrases to describe churches, small groups, college ministries, a group of friends, etc…
But even though most of us know this or at least have an idea as to what it means to be a part of the body of Christ and a part of Christian community, many of us still often times find ourselves dealing with:
1. Struggling to find practical ways to find and build Christian community
2. Worrying about fitting in with certain cliques (even cliques at church or Christian college)
3. Befriending and building relationships with people who we don’t know that well or who are not like us
4. Finding people who have personalities like ours or similar goals in life
5. Finding and building community with people who aren’t drama-focused
6. Struggling to find more godly friends and positive influences
7. Letting what we see on social media influence how we feel about where we are in life right now, even though we know we shouldn’t
8. Not getting invited to certain things and it bothers us, even though we know it shouldn’t
9. Changes in friendships/who we hang out/spend time around and wondering if that’s a good or bad thing
10. Feeling like we’re alone or an outsider even when others are around
If you’ve ever felt or dealt with any of these things, know that you are not the only one.
The good news is this: despite the worries and doubts we all have, there is a way to find and build Christian community with others. God is still able to provide you with the kind of relationships that are good for you and also good for building the Kingdom of God! So don’t be discouraged by the issues you currently deal with in your relationships. Don’t be let down because of the loss friendships or missing connections. You are still a part of the body of Christ, and there is healing and hope for every worry!
Morgan Harper Nichols