I love consistency. I like patterns and systems and predictability. I enjoy being able to plan things and have them actually go according to plan. I am not a fan of surprises or things going wrong (but who is, really?).
“And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
The early church was full of consistent community: they met regularly at church (the temple) and in individual homes. They created intentional and intimate spaces for people to be seen, known, and loved outside of the corporate setting.
It’s easy to look at verses like this and think that it was easier for them to meet consistently back then: they didn’t have all the same pressures that we do today and they weren’t living in a society operating at 1,000 miles an hour during a lull. They didn’t have to worry about updating their followers on social media, answering the hundreds of attention-hungry emails, working 40+ hours a week, creating and caring for an amazing family, and looking fabulous while doing it.
While that’s totally valid, I would encourage you to think a little more deeply on this subject. They didn’t have the modern advantages we do today: they didn’t have things like electricity, meaning their time was very limited. They had to do their work by hand, meaning it took them a lot longer to do certain things and left them physically exhausted. Imagine how tired you would be if you had spent the day plowing a field or carptenering something? They still had the stresses on their lives about things like money and providing for their families. They still had plenty of opportunities to not meet together, I’m sure there were just as many excuses as we have today, yet they made time to meet together consistently.
Do you have any excuses about meeting with your community regularly? I know I do. Excuses are easy to find, so I would encourage you to write them all down and take a deep look at the motivators behind each reason not to meet. Then, with your excuses completely uncovered, make an agreement with your community to meet together regularly, whatever frequency that means for you and your tribe. Together, in a safe and honest place, work to eliminate those excuses and embrace the freedom, safety, and camaraderie that community brings.
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