What does it mean to share experience? Is social media enough? Is that sharing? Is that community? In some ways it is community. In many cases, it is a pathetic substitute. In fact, it can fuel loneliness. Vulnerability in relationship fuels community…
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other
We heard at church last week that we often confuse connection with community. What is different about community? Community is being known by and knowing others. Really knowing.
The value of community actually comes through vulnerability. We are vulnerable before God. He knows everything about us. He knows what we need before we ask. This knowledge of God about us – this vulnerability – sets the stage for community with God.
This can play out with other people in Christian community if we are willing to be vulnerable and let others know what we need. Galatians 6:2 says we ought to bear one another’s burdens. James even says in James 5:16 that we should confess our sins to each other.
Vulnerability sets the stage for community in which we know and are known by others. Are you there? Some of us are not. And we will miss out.
In fact, we may complain that we don’t have community all the while not being willing to be vulnerable with the people we are missing community with. Catch-22.
So what’s your next move? What’s your next step to get this started? What’s your next step toward community? Be willing to be vulnerable and you will find your level of community deepen as a result…