Creating Community in Christ
Where are we going? And how are we going to get there? Last month I began to give you a brief outline of how God is at work at Light of the Hills, and how we can grow together in Christ. I get excited when I think what God is up to at Light of the Hills, so let’s keep learning and growing together.
Here is one way of describing what God does when He creates community:
- He Connects with people, and He Connects people to each other.
- He Cultivates people like a good farmer, growing them strong in His Word.
- He Cares for them, and teaches them to Care for each other and for others.
- He Carries the Gospel, the Good News to His people, and teaches them how to Carry the Gospel to others in daily life.
This month, we look at how God cultivates His people. Let’s begin with Psalm 1:2-3, which describes the person who is cultivated by God
But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
Notice the simple connection here. When a person delights in the Word of God and meditates on that Word, the Lord cultivates him or her like a fruitful tree. Jesus talked about this in one of His parables:
But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” (Matthew 13:23)
The Lord cultivates His people through His living and active Word. We are watered and nourished by the Word of the Lord. We become what we were created to be. We are fruitful, living in the way Jesus calls us to live.
I believe there are two main points for us to reflect on and live out:
- Each one of us needs to be fed and nourished and watered by the Word of the Lord. You wouldn’t expect a fruit tree in your yard to bear fruit if you watered it once every few weeks. You wouldn’t expect a grain field to produce a good crop during a drought when the field was dry. Yet somehow we seem to expect to grow spiritually, even if we are not reading our Bibles at home or attending a Bible class with other Christians. Somehow we think we will grow mature in the faith simply by going to church once every few weeks. Your Risen Savior wishes to cultivate you in His Word. What’s stopping you?
- Our congregation needs to grow in discovering God’s Word together. For us to be a fruitful church, we adults must study the Word together. Our children must be in Sunday School. Our youth need to be equipped by the Word to handle the challenges of daily live. All of us need to be cultivated.
And when God does this, He will have a harvest among us, in us, and through us.