Throughout the life of Jesus, it is clear to see that community was an important part of his life. When he initially began his ministry on Earth, he gathered a group of 12 disciples that served as his unique and loving community. He laughed and prayed with these men as they worked towards growing the kingdom of God together. Jesus wishes the same for us all— to find people that can support and encourage us during all the different phases of life. To find people that we can have fun with and share in life’s joys. Jesus built a powerful fellowship that allowed for meaningful connection and a dream of changing the world alongside one another. Each disciple functioned as part of a community that inspired and empowered Jesus as they grew closer to God together, developing a deep love to change the world.
Romans 12:4-5 states, “just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.”
Jesus deeply valued community, and understood the value in building a support system. God created a world in which people can interact with one another and connect deeply. The ability to form bonds and create relationships is something that is intentional, purposeful, and is one of the greatest joys in life. And the best part is, community can be found anywhere. Maybe it’s your nuclear family, coworkers, friends, classmates, or mentors. Building community is a never ending process that is constantly changing and evolving as there are new people to meet every single day. No matter who your community is, you can be sure that as long as you have a few people behind you, life will have a whole lot of joy.
There are few things to do that are more fun doing alone than doing with others. In fact, it seems that the list of activities that are more enjoyable with someone else is never ending.
It is more fun to:
eat ice cream,
dance your socks off,
laugh until your stomach hurts,
cry until you feel better,
drive without a destination,
run without purpose,
jump over puddles,
skip through the park,
drink slurpees and soda,
play board games,
walk for miles and miles,
and even build more community, when someone else is doing it along with you.
The list is truly never ending – there are about a thousand more things that could be mentioned.
Community creates love and growth as people aim to love one another like Jesus created us to do. How thankful am I to live in a world where I am surrounded by people experiencing life alongside me. And not just a few people, but a grand total of around 7.8 billion people. Community was not created by accident, it was created to give us purpose. Draw into that purpose and don’t live life alone! Continue to build connections and life will certainly be filled with more smiles, laughter, and joy.