Building Community: What’s REALLY Required
Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you. -Romans 15:7
Building community is hard work. It takes intentionality and risk; requires energy and planning. And there is always the possibility of rejection as we put ourselves out there. However, making room for others in our lives is an essential practice for those in the community of faith.
A Difference Between Simple and Easy
We all long for community. People are hungry for welcome. When we open up our homes to others so much more happens than simply adding to the number of bodies in our home. There is incredible power in simply welcoming people because in this simple act we are welcoming others as Christ has welcomed us. It is one way we join him in his work in the world. When we do this, Jesus is present with us.
This is easier said than done, though! Here are some of the reasons I’ve come up with to NOT make space for people in my home: [read more…]