“They committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers.”
Acts 2:42 (MSG)
I love bacon and eggs.
But here it is. Whilst the hen plays a role in the provision of my favourite breakfast, the pig is committed - there is no walking away for it!
Like the pig and breakfast, we can often idealise what community should be like and when it doesn’t quite work out like that in our own experience, we are tempted to walk (or run!) away.
Because building a community with real, lasting, meaningful relationships can be a messy process which requires all of us to invest by playing our part and it takes time, patience and lots of love.
In order for us to experience fullness of life as Jesus intended, I believe part of that means choosing to be committed to one another as a community of believers.
The bonds of community will be strengthened and deepened through shared experience, the good times and the bad. We also learn one from the other, grow together on our journey of faith and find opportunity to blossom and grow into the people He wants us to be.
And it’s the way God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - intends it to be.