The need of community

A devotional reading today stated:

“Since my need for spiritual health is so great, the Bible teaches that I need that daily intervention of the body of Christ.” ~ David Tripp, New Morning Mercies

 

It really is true––your walk with God is a community project. The isolated, separated, loaner, Jesus–and–me religion that often marks the modern church culture is not the religion that is described in the New Testament. Many of us live virtually unknown, and many other people whom we think we know we don’t actually know. Many of them many of us live in endless networks of determinedly casual relationships, in which conversation seldom go deeper then weather, food, play politics, the coolest movie that’s out, or the latest cute thing your child did. Most of what we call fellowship never really rises to the level of the humble self–disclosure and mutual ministry that make fellowship actually read definitely worthwhile. Most of what we call fellowship is little different from what happens at the pub down the street. We should call it “pubship” and tell people that they don’t have to worry, there will be little fellowship at the church dinner.
Hebrews 3:12–13 addresses via essentiality of community to the work that God has done and is continuing to do and you and me: “ Take care brothers, let’s there be any of you and evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”
Why do I need the daily intervention of the body of Christ? The answer is as simple as it is humbling. I need this daily ministry because I am a blind man. As much as I would like to think that I see I know myself well, it just isn’t true. Because sin blinds made to me, as long as there is still sin  inside me there will be pockets of blindness in my view of me. It is actually more serious than what I have just described, because whereas every physical blind man knows that he is blind, spiritually blind people are blind to their blindness; they actually think I can see, when in fact they don’t.

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