The purest form of community can be seen in The Holy Trinity. The Trinity functions in perfect unity and vision. God intended for perfect, unhindered relationship with one another. Like the Trinity, he intended that we carry out our mission in one accord, with unified vision and goals. God intends for us to do “life together,” not alone or independent of Him or others.
Where We Are Now
We have swallowed the poisonous pill of independence. We have long forgotten the days when authoritative community worked towards a common goal. Now our culture tells us that we must be strong and independent, leaving us lonely and stagnant. Our enemy, Satan, loves us being alone because we become an “easy target.” Even in nature the lion prowls around, looking for the “loner” to attack and kill (scripture describes Satan as a prowling lion). Abandoning “iron sharpens iron,” we choose privacy over transparency, independence over accountability, and the projection of an image over authenticity. This trend has led to sick individuals, sick churches, and a declining culture. Jesus said “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” Mark 3:2 We need a “band of brothers,” true friends, who are true disciples of Jesus who want to help others in the Journey.
What God wants to do for us
God wants to restore a strong and powerful community, based on His character and intimacy. A Community rooted in Biblical Identity, Mission, and Code. God wants to unify us as one body of believers, for us to be a “band of brothers.” He wants his Spirit to be the glue that holds us together, drawing us and others increasingly closer to the Father, bringing His Kingdom to earth.
What Response Does God Desire
He desires us to be fiercely dependent on Him first and then recognize others who are the same. He then designs for us to be “platoons” of men and sons who “do life to the fullest,” day in and day out. Ephesians 4 says “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” God wants us to walk worthy of the calling, through the Spirit, in selfless love.