Giving Up on Creating Community
September 13, 2010 7 Comments
Last week I gave up on creating community. There it is. I said it. I can’t tell you how many books and how to’s I have read and heard on how to get it done. Over the last four years I have spent a whole lot of time trying to figure out how to create Christian community. But last week I realized that it all misses one thing. This one thing didn’t come to me on my own. I caught it while reading from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book, “Life Together“. Here is the line that got me,
“Christian brotherhood is not an ideal which we must realize; it is rather a reality created by God in Christ
in which we may participate.”
Christian community is not an ideal community that WE build by having the right program or getting every member into a small group. Christian community is a reality that God has created. You can’t create what already exists. Actually, the concept of us creating anything is pretty weak considering anything we can invent doesn’t actually involve creating anything. All we can do is take the stuff God has already created and work with it. The question is not whether we can create it. The question is, are we going to choose to participate in what God has already created?
So I have given up on creating community. I have gotten on board with plugging into the work God is already doing. I have given up on trying to create anything and am trying to figure out how to replace that mentality with one that recognizes God’s creative abilities and partner with Him more in the process.