God Sets the Solitary in Families
by Impact Church
“God sets the solitary in families….” Psalms 68:6
There is an increasing societal trend toward individualism. In many ways, this cultural influence toward privatization leads to loneliness and indifferent associations. But God has always had a better plan. Throughout all of scripture, we see God bringing His work of salvation in and through communities and households. God has called us not only to be individuals who believe in Him but a Kingdom He oversees and a family that belongs to Him. He is our God and we are His people (Exodus 6:7). He has strategically formed and placed us into a body and invites us to live, worship, serve and grow in the context of community.
One of the most unique elements of Christianity is that we have a God who is both infinite and intimate. We do not have a distant, impersonal God. He is relational and welcomes us to be the same; with Him and with others. However, it is simpler sometimes to avoid deep fellowship in favor of a more privatized faith. God has called us to more! He has called us to experience Him in community, knowing that we are hard-wired relational beings desiring support and input, acceptance and belonging. Not only do we need others but others need us.
Graciously, God provided the structure of the local church as the primary avenue for Christian fellowship. In scripture, a commitment to Christ also includes a commitment to a visible community: salvation and community are closely linked. As believers, our foundation for community rests in our active participation as members of the local church. It is through the church that we will experience a lifetime of fulfillment, growth, and service.
There are three essential elements that make community fruitful.
- Authenticity: Be You! There is security in being candid, truthful, and genuine. It is impossible to be fully loved without being fully known. Enjoy the freedom of living without masks and premeditated presentation.
- Reciprocation: Do unto others! Community works best when members expect to give as much as they expect to receive. As you would like others to treat, care for, and serve you demonstrate that same measure to others.
- Participation: Be involved! Be associated and engaged with, assist and share in the life of the community. Community is best expressed through mutual investment. Play your role!