“May they all be one, as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You.” This portion of Jesus’ prayer reveals His desire for Christians to live in unity. A natural consequence of living in unity with others is community.
As such, fulfilling Jesus’ desire for unity will require being in community with other believers. This happens most naturally through engaging in Sunday School or a small group of some kind.
Yet, even with groups, community is not guaranteed. So how do we develop biblical community in the everyday world? Presence and time.
So how do we develop biblical community in the everyday world?
We must be present — physically and emotionally.
Life is difficult, so being present physically, having face-to-face conversations about life and walking alongside others is crucial. Moreover, we must be emotionally invested in these relationships and not distracted by the likes of our smartphones or other things that compete for our attention. Being present in these ways requires giving sacrificially of our time.
Community results from consistent time spent in the presence of others, and while sharing life with other believers may look different from group to group, presence and time are the keys to developing biblical community among believers Monday through Saturday.
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