Wednesday, January 2
I’m pretty sure everyone has taken a personality test at some time or other— Myers-Briggs, the Enneagram or perhaps some other multi-question social media quiz. They all ask seemingly random questions that are designed to tell us something about ourselves.: thinker, feeler, leader, artist, introvert, extrovert, introverted extrovert. And, I’m actually a little blown away that I can answer a series of questions on a computer screen and my personality traits come up in a brief description that is surprisingly accurate. The value of these assessments is usually determined to be something along the lines of “if you know yourself first, then you will know how to be the best version of you with others”. There’s truth in that. It’s certainly helpful to have a handle on how God has uniquely created you and where He has gifted you most, but does knowing these things about yourself give you the opportunity to put yourself in a box—to say, well “I’m just not good with people,” or “I’m an introvert so I just can’t”? Or, does knowing this fuel your passion to lean into Him more, allowing you to press further into God’s desire for you to seek and be with people, to be in community?
Acts 2:42 says this “They devoted themselves to the apostle’s teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer.”
In this verse we see a group of believers who remembered Jesus’ sacrifice everyday. Everyday they were together in the temple. Everyday they broke bread. Everyday they gathered in each others’ homes. Every. Day. They developed community and what it looks like to be relationally connected in a body of believers. For us, the IDEA of community is AMAZING but the reality can be terrifiying. We long for the life affirming benefits that comes with community, but we often will resist the demands that community makes on our everyday lives based on the box we’ve put ourselves in.
I challenge you to not resist the Holy Spirit. You have ready-made communities all around you: add shape to your work, school, and neighborhood communities; join a group at church; volunteer. We will help you.
Father I pray that you will shape our hearts like you did those of the earliest believers. That everyday we will remember the redemption we’ve been offered and the gift we’ve received through faith. That we desire to be in community with other believers regardless of our doubts and fears, but that we allow your Spirit to guide us outside of what is comfortable and in to the path of obedience.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.