I've seen it...

A social group in a specific geographical location, a group with common characteristics or simply just people coming together for a mutual interest. I have heard all of these words used in an attempt to communicate what a community is and how it is supossed to function. The funny thing about the word community is that everyone seems to have their own defintion, which may be due to personal experience, but how does this relate to God? How should our relationship with our LORD Jesus Christ be reflected in how we live in community with others? How can we love God by loving others or better yet how can we serve God by serving others? Youth groups have come from so many places this year to the city of Detroit to serve God but that also entails serving others. I was personally encouraged by all of my group leaders from one of the service weeks. A leader is to lead but also a true leader realizes they are to follow Christ. I feel that there were leaders who did this and also cared for their students. There was a night, after an exhausting day of service, where it seemed like everything went wrong. That night we had personal sicknesses, one person after another and other issues that created frustration. Obviously, this can lead to discouragement and a hopelessness, which is easy to consume you. The best part of my week then was that next morning. That morning, a leader wanted to make an announcement to everyone right before breakfast (I had no idea what he was going to say). Then God spoke through him and encouraged people to continue fighting the good fight despite of crisis that was going on. That was a moment of seeing God's love overcome any challenge we face. After that we communicated with God that we are here for you and you have purpose for us here. So, back to community. Community can be described in many ways but still be empty if it's not selfless. The Good News is that God can pour into it if he is exalted by our relationship with Jesus. Community is not due to locality nor due to some social characteristic but a community is built and sustained on God's love. A community puts God first in their hearts and actions, builds each other up, prays for one another, and sacrifices for one another. This is one of the most encouraging moments of my summer. If you ask me, what are ways you know God was in that community? I would say to you, I've heard it, I've felt it and I've seen it...