Perhaps one of the most important and simplest hints for the pursuit of community is about serving others. The Apostle Peter talks about this.
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies– in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”1 Peter 4:10-11
Don’t miss Peter’s emphasis on the call to serve one another. This is why God gives us gifts, not for our own identity and self-importance but for the sake of helping and building one another stronger.
So often and so easily, our pursuit of community is about self-satisfaction. We seek to gain something from community for ourselves. Community becomes selfish – it is about my likes and dislikes and expecting everyone else to match me. Or, when something upsets us or offends us we walk away and find another community.
It is challenging to thing about how we approach community – do we do so selfishly, or do we come with a readiness to serve others. It can make all the difference to community.