Doing Life Together.

BIBLE READING: Col. 4: 7 - 9 7 Tychicus will give you a full report about how I am getting along. He is a beloved brother and faithful helper who serves with me in the Lord’s work. 8 I have sent him to you for this very purpose—to let you know how we are doing and to encourage you. 9 I am also sending Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, one of your own people. He and Tychicus will tell you everything that’s happening here.

BLOG: Community is a BIG thing. In the New Testament, it was called Koinonia - fellowship or communion. But in the early church community was a new idea. It was more than a family and friends. It was the glue that held everything together.

Genesis 1:26 26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

"Let us" is a reference to the Trinity. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. God is in community with Himself. One writer calls is a holy dance. Think of a Greek wedding dance — people dancing in a circle to the same beat, but each dancing in their way.

This is an excellent example of community. Everyone is striving to achieve the same goal, to be more like Jesus. But each person brings their uniqueness, which is added to the community.

There was a term in my devotions that I had never seen before — the "shyness" of the Trinity. No member of the Trinity boasts about itself above the other. You'll never see the Holy Spirit cowering down to the bravado of the Father, nor will you find Jesus making Himself brighter than either.

It is humility in a community that keeps it healthy. Each has their gifts. Some may lead, others may follow. But all are important. It is that humility that helps us to love one another even more. When our relationship with God becomes so important that it affects every other relationship around us, then we will enter into community with others of like-minded faith.

PRAY: Dear Jesus, I need to be part of a loving group of people who will help me grow to be more like You. AMEN