The last final has been taken, that group project is complete (miracles happen), and the last discussion post has been submitted. You can finally come out of the hole you buried yourself in for yet another semester. Three months of freedom to work, hangout, and binge as much Hulu as you want. That sounds pretty great, doesn’t it? I mean you deserve a break after completing another year of school. I’ll be the first to say congratulations on completing another semester, it truly is not an easy task.
Although the school year ends, your time in community shouldn’t. So, what does it look like to have a break from school but remain in community?
What is community? Seemingly, that’s a simple question, but many of us would answer it very differently. Some may define it as their social media network, classmates, roommates, the people you call when it all hits the fan, or those you make plans with on the weekend. If community was solely defined as above, it would be a convenient addition and not a biblical command.
The Bible conveys Christian community as sharing in the gift that we have in Christ. It’s an acknowledgment that on the highest peaks or lowest valleys we are bonded to one another through Jesus’s death and resurrection. It’s easier to think of needing community in the highs and lows, but the majority of life is spent in the mundane and in-between. If that’s the case, then it’s critical to invest in community outside of the highs and lows of your semester. Christian community is necessary, and it extends throughout every aspect of life, including summer break.
1. Community Is Sharing With One Another
As someone who finds time alone peaceful, I’ve realized I have to be extra intentional about making sure I’m sharing my life. Sharing about what the Lord is doing in your life is the heartbeat of community. Christian community is designed for believers to spur one another for good works (Hebrews 10:24). In order to be aware of our strengths and weaknesses we have to be known; we have to share (Romans 12:4-5).
2. Community Is Bearing With One Another
Bearing with one another goes beyond just showing up or making a post. We are not meant to live this life alone, and what a gift of grace that is. Community remains in the hills and valleys. If you’re vacationing or working a 9-5 all summer, you were designed to have people walking along side of you (Ephesians 4:2). Walk in the way God designed us; he designed us for community.
So, plug into community this summer. Be active in engaging with believers around you.
-Jess Tilson (MH College Leader)