About 12 months ago, I started attending a fitness bootcamp that we hold on our Church carpark several times a week. To begin with, I wasn’t thrilled about the thought of going as I knew that I would be feeling the after-effects for days to come…
But I went, and found my experience somewhat enjoyable. I then went back again, and now find myself attending 3 times a week. It’s true what I had been told, ‘It gets easier after the first session.’
Over the past year, there have been many times where I haven’t felt like going…
It’s been a long day, I’m tired, It’s raining, I’ve heard that we’re doing legs all night, etc.
During those times, there has been one thing that has pushed me to go… Above getting the physique that I want, above impressing others with my regular attendance…
It’s the people. It’s the sense of community. It’s the common knowledge that we’re all in this together.
I believe that in all of us, there is a desire to belong. There’s a desire to gather with other people and be yourself, understanding that none of us are perfect, we’re all on a journey, we’re all in need of help — that’s an encouraging environment to be in… Because we all understand, ‘Hey, we’re in this together, so let’s help one another.’
I believe that Jesus is passionate about community. He is of course, a community within Himself, ‘Father, Son & Holy Spirit’ and I believe that His desire for our lives is that we wouldn’t do life alone, but that we would understand, ‘Life is better together.’
To make this kind of life easily accessible to us, He created the Church.
I heard Church described once as this, ‘A place where a bunch of people who realise they need help, get together to love Jesus and encourage each other.’ That’s the kind of place I want to be!
And Church is not just a Sunday morning experience, but a 7-day a week, 52-week a year community in which we do life together. It’s the one thing that God said He would build… Evidently, it’s something that He’s absolutely passionate about and wants us to be involved in.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV)
‘And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.’
‘Life is not about what you do, it’s about who you do it with.’
A daily devotion for a better way of living.