Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Created for Community?

The name of this blog, Created for Community, is based on the core of our being. It’s an essential part of who we are. We all desire to know others and be known by others.

As Christians, we worship a Trinitarian God. Because our Trinitarian God exists in the perfect community of oneness, we yearn for oneness. As men and women created in God’s image, this yearning is in our DNA!

That’s why so many of us are on Facebook. We want to build our community of friends, catch up with what’s going on in their lives, and share our life with our friends. We want to know others and be known by others.

That’s why so many of us watched Cheers back in the 1980s. There’s something within each of us that truly desires a place “where everybody knows your name. And they’re always glad you came.” Sure, the show was funny. Sure, it had interesting characters. But the deeper reason we watched was that each of us wanted something that Norm, Cliff, and Frazier had—a place of community.

In his classic book, Community 101, Gilbert Bilezikian wrote, “Community is deeply grounded in the nature of God. It flows from who God is. Because he is community, he creates community.”

Community exists at the core of the Trinity. And we crave unity, oneness, and spiritual intimacy as we have been made in the image of this Triune God (Gen. 1:26).

Think about it for a moment: Who doesn’t want to be accepted? Who doesn’t like a place of comfort and safety? Who doesn’t desire meaningful friendships that go beyond the surface of life?

Everyone of us, regardless of our personality or our likes and dislikes, wants to be a part of something—a group, a club, a team, an organization, or a family. We long to belong. Because we’re made in God’s image, we crave the kind of unity that was shared among each member of the Trinity.

We all long to belong because we’ve been created for community on life’s journey.