Life isn’t meant to be done alone. We need others. Imagine water. A drop of water doesn’t do much, does it? A few together make a mess. A few more make a puddle. Millions and billions make a river but trillions make an ocean. A few drops of water don’t really change much but combined, water can be a forceful power that appears as a roaring river carving through mountains and changing the land.
Alone we are a drop of water. We can impact our family but without a source of water to replenish us, we can quickly fade away. Together with other believers, we can change ourselves, our family tree, our communities, our states, our countries and the world. But this can only happen if we unite and focus on our similarities instead of bickering over our differences.
Imagine a single drop of water on the sidewalk on a hot summer day. Under the intensity of the sun, it dries up quickly. The same can be said of us under the heat of trials. Now imagine the ocean on a hot summer day. I haven’t seen the ocean evaporate and can recall the cool temperatures when I go out further.
Together we are stronger. We lift each other up and help through the storms of life. We protect and replenish each other. God designed us for fellowship. He knew we couldn’t do life alone. He knew that one person can burn out or fall and so He designed us to have another person there to offer a helping hand when we don’t have the strength to pick ourselves us.
I can’t tell you how much my Christian family has replenished me during 2016. I can’t tell you how hard 2016 was and how much loss and suffering I experienced. I can’t tell you that I understand why God’s plan unfolded the way it did but I can tell you that He blessed me with a family of believers who rallied around me and my family when we needed it. I can tell you that this community and beyond lifted my spirits and gave me hope when I felt hopeless. I can tell you that I felt joy knowing how many people across the world prayed with us when we were hurting.
That is what the body is meant to do. It is meant to be shared with others. I have needed friends to speak truth into me when I am struggling or blatantly ignoring God’s direction. I have needed them to encourage me but I have also needed to speak truth into them and to lift them up.
I went to the Dead Sea and it was beautiful but sad. Do you know why the Dead Sea is dead? It only receives water; it never gives. The same happens to us individually and us as the church. We need to give to remain alive spiritually.
I hope you have a good, godly community who can speak truth into you and whom you can speak truth into. Comment below and let us know what you’re looking for in a community. As always, we love hearing from you. ❤