Longing for Community

Each of us has been created for relationship; we have an inherent need for acceptance and love. So much (if not all) of human pursuit can be traced back to this deep desire to be known and embraced. We base our sense of worth in whether or not others accept us. We strive in our efforts to become important believing that success will result in love.

Our culture has become increasingly proficient at covering up this created need for community. We idolize rugged individualism while our longing for intimacy causes us to run after all sorts of counterfeits. It’s ironic, isn’t it? We live in a “global community” with unprecedented opportunities for communication but most of us are more lonely and isolated than ever before.

The amazing opportunity, just waiting to be seized by the Church, is to engage this individualistic, performance-based culture with a Jesus perspective – one which says, “You’re not loved because you’re valuable. You’re valuable because you’re loved.”

What if we treated others as if their value was based solely on how God sees them?

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son…