Relationships are a basic human need. We all need someone to talk to, someone to do life with, someone to experience the good and the bad with. Whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, everyone wants to be connected to someone. A community is made up of many different relationships, and beyond relationships we all desire to be a part of community. We are wired to find commonalities in each other and find unity in our shared experiences and interests. In addition, the community you are involved in has shaped you and is continuing to shape you.
Many of us will have the opportunity to be discipled by professors, local pastors, or fellow class mates. Everyday you will have the chance to be poured into and fed spiritually. Everyday you can decide whether or not you want to engage in the community and be changed and shaped, but the decision is yours. In every interaction and conversation, you can change the climate of the community. Just as important as being poured into is pouring into others and investing in relationships.
What I am getting at is just like the church in Acts we have the opportunity to change the world, but that change happens on our campus. Investing in your small group of friends, then our classmates, and that circle expands until our community is pouring into our neighborhood, the city of Boise, and then possibly the world. The ability to change the world and show Christ’s love to the nations starts with loving the community we have on campus; we have to think micro before we can think macro.
The bottom-line is you will never be a part of a community like this ever again, everyday you have a great opportunity to engage with people just like you that love Jesus, desire to be in ministry, and have a heart for the broken. I am truly thankful for the community and family I have here at BBC.
If there’s something I could challenge you with it’s this: What are you doing to better the community, you are involved in? Are you pouring into others? Or are you just being poured into? Are you engaging with others, having meaningful conversations, and making memories? Invest and love each other, so we can change the world.
You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor
James 3:18, The Message.