Community is very important in all of our lives. Even if you’re more of the type who keeps to herself and doesn’t really hang out with that many people, you cannot reject the idea that you are apart of a community.
Even if the only community you’re belong to is the city you live in, that’s still a community you’re apart of.
In today’s reading, the Apostle Paul encourages the church to see this: As followers of Christ, we are called to be more than just apart of a community. We are called to love one another and build one another up. Being apart of a community is so much more than just saying, “Hey, how are you doing?” every once in awhile or taking a group photo after church. Being a follower of Christ should propel us to dig deeper.
Sometimes this can be difficult because for the most part, the world many of us live in operates on the surface level. Everyone is often too busy with their own agendas that actually slowing down long enough to call a friend and let her know you’re praying for her takes serious commitment to remember to do. Even when it comes to the people we see all the time and know really well, we assume that everything is okay because they’re always smiling or simply minding their own business.
As women who follow Christ, we have a daily opportunity to dig so much deeper than that. This doesn’t mean that every single interaction we have has to be an in-depth hour-long conversation, but let us remember just how many people out there need to be reminded how much Jesus loves them. Let’s remember when we’re talking to our siblings or coworkers that there’s a chance they’re dealing with something heavy that they haven’t told anyone yet. Let’s consider that even the smallest gesture of letting someone know you’re there for them just might be the moment that they’re reminded of just how much they are loved. Challenge yourself to do more than just say “hey” every now and then and hang out occasionally. Make it a point to not just exist, but to help build God’s Kingdom!
Today’s devotional was written by:
Morgan Harper Nichols