For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them. Mat 18:20 ESV
We live in a very individualistic society. In Biblical times, though, it was completely different. They were community oriented, irreversibly part of a group: a family, a village, a tribe, a nation. They lived communally: working, eating, sleeping, praying, deciding as a group. Privacy and private possessions were not as important as they are today. Theirs was a shared life. To go against the group was considered disloyal and ungrateful. Nowadays everything has changed! People now act individually, even in important matters. They make their decisions independently, standing on their own personal values, choices and beliefs. They were taught that it’s their right! This individualism has its drawbacks, though. We miss out on the wisdom and experience of the group. We even think that our faith is an individual matter, an I-thing, a “personal relationship” only. In Biblical times, though, it was thoroughly a community matter, a we-thing. Let’s be clear: Christianity is done with others, between others, for others. Community life is wonderful, though – we must just rediscover it!
Thank you Father, for a spiritual community. When we’re together, you are there! Amen.
Develop a community life!
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