Harmonious Week 5
Together in the Community
The purpose of this entry is to inspire believers to come together without needing any reason but being together. Our help is found when we are together. Our joy is strengthened when we persevere together. Our future is brighter when we come together. Bible says, “One Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Ephesians 4:5). So transformation, treasure, and triumphs are possible when we are a body of Christ. Only one Savior died on the cross, and by Him, peace on Earth can be obtained. The church has to get to the point where they can get together so that the community can get together. We have to be honest that the failure of harmonious congregations has filtered into the community.
We cannot continue building if we do not work together to lay the foundation. Crime and trouble reign due to disorganization and simple disagreements among believers. We are the light of the world that sits on the hill that cannot be hid (Matthew 5:14). We are on the hill, but we have not turned on our light. I preached a sermon called “The Lights Are Off, and Everybody’s at Home.” The church is like that today. Our light is off- not broken or burned out. We have turned it off. We accept sin as an alternative lifestyle or alternative facts instead of calling it what it truly is to God. 1 John 5:17 declares, “All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death.” 1 John 3:4 states sin is the transgression of the law. The law defined by Romans 7:12-14 explains it as, “Why the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. 13 Was then that which is good made death to me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.” Sin separates us, but the Savior mends us back together.
When you focus on Christ, all things are possible to them that believe (Mark 9:23). Drugs and gangs can be stopped if the church comes together to be an example of a community for the entire world. Not focused on the length of dresses or numbers in a bank account, but pure compassion- to be genuine towards all so that we may win the more. We can turn liquor stores into libraries and supermarkets. We can turn parks back into places where you can go to shoot ball and not guns. We can train young girls to be women and mothers. We can come together to put penitentiaries out of business and open up mentoring programs for the men who are motivated to walk the straight and narrow (Matthew 7:13-14).
Nothing is possible unless we first believe that God can. Next, we can utilize our faith according to Hebrews 11:6, which proclaims, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” By allowing the Lord in and following Him, disciples run the church and not deacons. His anointing not accountants; and His power not preachers. Our light then will shine bright for the unbeliever, unchurched, unrepentant, unlearned, atheists, or any other person to see. We can lead our communities instead of just existing in the community. Ultimately, this will happen- “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land, (2 Chronicles 7:14).