There is a common phrase I head from pastors, “as we grow larger, we must grow smaller.” This is typically around the implementation of home-based groups as a means to facilitate relationships, personal ministry, and try to develop a sense of community within the corporate whole. While I agree this is a great means by which to accomplish the objectives, there is a more important step. Community must start with you and I at the individual level. How can a small group come together if each of us cannot accomplish this in a one-to-one scenario What do I mean by this?
First, we must live intentional lives. Each day we must go about our day, whether at work, at school, or whatever occupies our day, as if God has a purpose for the day. He wants us to be cognizant of people who need a touch by God and we are the conduit for His purposes.
Many immediately say, “I am not qualified” or “I don’t know how to witness.” God is not looking for us to follow some “program” we were taught in youth group such as the “Romans Route”. He wants us to be ourselves, be who He created us to be, and follow Christ’s command in John 13:34-35 “I give you a new commandment – to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another.”
It is really that simple. If we love people then this unique outward-forcused element (in our self-centered society) draws people to you. The door begins to swing open for you to talk about the faith which is at the core of your heart. There is a saying along the lines of “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Be intentional each day, make room in your life for others, and be sensitive to the leadings of the Spirit. You will see great things and Community will be birthed, both in the one-on-one, the small group, and finally the corporate gathering.