The third channel I have identified is how we behave within the communities we affiliate with. A community is a group of people coalescing around a common purpose. This can be anything from your local Rotary Club to a swim club to your local church and anything in between.
This channel is critical due to the fact that as opposed to our families being the most private, it is the most public. Here is where who you are gets spread by word of mouth rapidly. This is where everything between your date of birth and your date of death, you know that little – , on your tombstone is accumulated and truly matters.
The community channel is where the character you exhibit can be the most influential on others for good or bad. It is where our tendencies to assault, withdraw, manipulate and coerce are most taken notice of. Conversely it is also the channel where our authenticity, gentleness, fairness, humility and selflessness is most taken notice of. I say all of the above only because of the number of people over the years we come in contact with will most likely be the greatest in community than the other two channels. By no means is who you are not noticed in the the family and individual channels it just effects far fewer people in general.
Often in communities I have been apart of I have seen people destroy the unity of purpose by their need to advance a singular agenda and stuff it down the others throat while at the same time withdrawn from others who were not submitting. I am sure many of us has seen this in operation as well. There is no life giving abundance in a community where this is the rule.
So as with all the channels the reservoir of love in the community channel needs to flow freely absent of assault,withdrawal, manipulation, etc. As with everything I lend my heart and mind too the how of the process is the most critical and the most absent in many renderings in this current book culture. There is always sufficient verbiage on what we should do, and how we should live but few words and solid information on living a life of abundance.
Let’s look again at our anchor: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
The how of living in community in abundance full of love,joy, peace, goodness, gentleness and faithfulness is to get away with Jesus take periods of solitude, rest in Him, give Him your agenda and let Him be the head of your community. Submit your plans to Him for guidance. Learn His unforced rhythm of grace and live freely and lightly. Let Him take you to where you group can best achieve its purposes and let Him make your participation in your community a blessing and not a curse. Did you miss the HOW? Simply put it is to communicate with the Master Jesus about your community plans, use His Word as well for guidance and act upon what He tells you.
I know this is so radical for the majority of humanity but it is time it is said. Again we cannot put Jesus in a religious box. He is for all men for all time, in all situations. He should be directing your Rotary Club, your Swim Club and your local church.
Remember nonbeliever if you fairly give the Bible a chance and see it as far more than a religious tool you will see that Jesus wanted His disciples to see Him as Master & Teacher FIRST! This is totally lost on most religious institutions today and hence Jesus is solely seen as a religious icon and not THE ONLY WAY TO EVERYDAY ABUNDANT LIFE! To me this is the greatest scam the world has ever seen and the result is seen everyday in what you read and what you see in the news. I cannot help to believe that if HUMANITY would see Jesus as MASTER & TEACHER for LIFE and not a religious icon the word would be so very different.
So again I challenge you to pray and read the word of God for the purpose of life transformation. Adopt the life that you read about, heed the direction you get in communication with Jesus.Live lightly and freely. Friend Jesus is the ONLY MASTER & TEACHER anyone will ever need. Do not let your preconceived ideas from any previous source push you away from Him.