Hey guys! Welcome back! It’s Alyssa & I am so excited that you are here! I don’t know about you guys, but I am so excited that school is winding down! I have about 3 more weeks left, and then I will be a senior! It’s so crazy to think about how I only have one more school year left in high school! Today I will be sharing on something that I so firmly believe in- having a community in Christ. Let’s get into it!
Growing up, I was always taught that who you surround yourself around is who you’ll become. Back then, I kind of let that just fly past my head. But now, almost an adult I truly see why this was implanted into my mind. Through the years, I’ve seen friends and family change because of the people they surrounded themselves with. Some for the best, some for the worst, but they all changed in some way. Psalm 133:1 says
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”
Having a good, solid community in Christ lets you be around those who think and believe the same as you, and let me tell you, that helps SO MUCH when you are in need of some advice! In middle school, I had some friends that weren’t Christian, and it was so hard to follow their advice because some of the time, it did not line up with my morals. Some of those friends also cursed a ton (especially for a middle schooler) and it definitely rubbed off on me.
After realizing how I was being impacted by these friends, I began to limit my time around them. Although I limited my time, I definitely did not stop being friends with them. They needed the love and grace of God more than anything! Romans 12:16 says “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.” This verse is saying to live with believers, but being willing and able to talk and have a relationship with a nonbeliever.
Last summer on Operation Barnabas, I really realized how valuable a Christian community is. Spending 3 weeks with a big body of believers was truly life-changing. Whenever someone was in need of encouragement or advice, there were 30 other believers right there to pray and give Biblical advice. This made me realize how much I really needed a strong Christian community at home, and I was on a mission to find my community. I was a part of a bible study group at home, but many of those girls have a crazy, busy life and it was near impossible to have all of us together in the same place.
Having a Christian community while in a season of life such as college is also so very important. During your 4(ish) years of college, you learn and grow so much. During this period of finding who you are and growing, it is important to be growing in your faith as well and having a good community allows this to happen. Many people also tend to “lose God” while in college, and I believe going to a Christian college will allow me to avoid that feeling at all cost.
Proverbs 27:17 says “As iron sharpens iron, one person sharpens another“. Good Christian friends will sharpen each other- in the name of Jesus of course. A good influence will pour into you to help you for the better, just as the Bible says. Philippians 2:3-6 says ” Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in likeliness.” As important as it is to have a Christian community, it is also just as important to be a part of a Christian community for the sake of others. We need to be servants to others, living out our lives to build up and serve those who need it.
Wrapping up this post, I challenge you guys to identify and invest in your communities. If you don’t have one, or if it’s not a good one, I challenge you to find one! I hope you guys have a good week, finish out this semester strong! Love y’all! -A