The Christian faith has always been meant to be lived out in community. Sure, it is absolutely essential that each Christian take up ownership for their own faith. However, in order for a Christian to truly grow and experience newness in Christ, they must surround themselves community.
Jesus lived this out during his life. We see the twelve who did daily life together; teaching, preaching and ministering together. To go ahead without deep, biblical community is sure to end in sudden disaster. Left to our own devices we will choose the way of foolishness, but with dear brothers and sisters who will be bold enough to speak God’s truth into our lives, we have built in safeguards to keep us straying from the path too far.
The problem becomes when we choose not to listen to the wise counsel of the biblical community embedded in our lives. There is no doubt in my mind that we will begin to weave a path of great destruction in our life’s journey as we ignore those voices.
Transparency in community has always been meant to be a beautiful thing. Each time we open up to someone about our own personal struggles, we allow them into the mess of our lives, actively humbling ourselves, our humility invites others in to say, you’ve got a messy life? Yeah, me too.
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” – James 5:16