I was reading Colossians 4 this morning and the idea of community or lack of community was really impressed upon me. Here is Paul who is writing from prison to a church that he barely knows and he is talking to them like family. He sent his final greetings to them and let them know of all the people who were been praying steadfastly for them and even people who did not know them that were praying and struggling for them. Paul, who was in prison, seemed to care more about his fellow brothers and sisters in Christ than we do today. He wasn’t thinking of himself, well maybe he was a little, but he was continually praying for and thinking of the church.
I don’t know about you but I find that it is very difficult to continue thinking about others unless I am fully immersed in it. When I have time to myself I find that I am focused on myself rather than other people. Sure I may have good intentions of being there for people or of being involved in people’s lives, but unless I am actively doing it these things tend to fall to the wayside. I need to be intentional in order to keep caring for others and being there for them. I need to be intentional with my prayers and my thoughts.
As a community we need to learn to be more intentional with our lives. Satan wants to make things all about us, because he will do anything to keep us from worshipping God and from loving others. If he can do these two things he knows that the advancement of the Kingdom will slow down greatly. Could you even imagine if everyone prayed for their fellow Christians as Epaphras did who was “always struggling on your (the Colossians) behalf” (Col. 4:12)? His desire was to see them stand strong and to be mature in Christ. We could all take a lesson from Paul and his brothers and sisters who knew what it meant to struggle and yet to still pray. They knew what it meant to love and to prayerfully petition for the strength and encouragement of their family, even those they did not know.
I become distracted so easily, but I need community. Without community I become completely self-centered rather than God centered. I need to keep focused in pray fervently for my fellow Christians now more than ever. I need to pray for the lost and the persecuted now more than ever. The world is filled with so much evil and there is no amount of war or fighting that will ever rid the world of the evil; prayer is the only thing that will work. I don’t think that I am praying enough…are you? We are much stronger together in Christ than we will ever be alone.
If this was helpful or encouraging to you please feel free to share it with others. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to make a comment. We all have a purpose and can be used to help others draw closer to God. God bless you in your journey to knowing Him deeper than before and accepting yourself with all of the qualities that God desires for you to have.