CommUNITY...

Relationships are sticky...I'll be first to admit I've gotten caught in a few webs before. They consist of sinful people whom primary goal in their natural state is to serve themselves as god. We are a messed up people and our attempt at relations with one another only highlight that truth about us. So why would God make us relational knowing we are sinful???


 It makes no sense we would be a people created for unity...



 


We don't live to insure tranquility amongst each other. We don't live for humility and peace in order to preserve what is holy. We have no interest in picking up the weak and the wounded on the side of the road, because we have other things to do. We don't live to serve the world around us, looking to others as greater than ourselves. We have no interest in Godly things....

We strive to keep our pride intact. We live to maintain the truths that serve us well. We seek justification for ourselves and our pain. We brood hate and conceit against those who have wronged us. We seek to do things in our timing when they best suit us. We continue in impatience on a daily basis because the things and needs that surround us aren't as important as our own. We make pure things cloudy constantly.
We are self-preserving, self-satisfying, self-aggrandizement, and we are selfish...

...And I promise you don't want to hear that anymore than I do. 

Because the Evil in us has no desire to be exposed.

SO why would God create us to be relational beings when He knows and sees better than I do the evil that lurks around me and in me? It makes no sense when He knows we are never going to want to follow his instructions on living in commUNITY...

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others....

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil.  Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.1If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.



Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.


We aren't built that way....Or are we?

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,” Hebrews 12:1



 I can say from experience in any type of relationship when the going gets tough...the weak run away. It gets gross and messy and filth is everywhere when we attempt community. Community means being completely exposed to other people and with exposure comes sensitivity. Sensitive people make for sticky situations and sticky situations demand a proponent. Because we are flawed and yet we have been called to relationships and those two things don't mix- the necessity for transformation is apparent.

No wonder God calls us to community, because just like we can't save ourselves or transform ourselves, we can't unify ourselves either.  NO ONE in their "Adam" state desires to lay down his life for his friend much less an acquaintance...and we are a desire-driven people. We desire superiority over humility. We are in a constant state of comparison out of the need for self importance. So for God to call such selfish people to unity is like demanding a pig to fly- it's against our natural state. Therefore posing the need for the supernatural. Just so happens that's exactly what God is, and it just so happens God is in the business of making the impossible, possible. We suck at relationships but our God is the author of them, and once again He is proving that ONLY He is capable of creating a mass of people into a body. ONLY He can make totally depraved beings into a divine family. ONLY He can take the dirty, self-centered, sinful heart of stone and turn it into a heart of flesh that desires unity over self preservation.

ONLY GOD IS IN THE BUSINESS OF TRANSFORMATION AND UNIFICATION!


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