The Power of Community



February 5, 2015
Scripture: Mark 6:7-13

He called for the Twelve and sent them out in pairs.  Mark 6:7

There is something profoundly beautiful about this passage.  Jesus has called the 12 to follow and they have agreed.  They have spent some time following Jesus and now it is their turn to go and to practice what they have witnessed.
All of this happens in the context of community.  Jesus doesn’t just teach them about the concepts of forgiveness or compassion or mercy he lives them out.  Take the disciples far away from their zones of comfort, pushing them and pulling them.  They learn what mercy is when he heals the woman who had been bleeding for 12 years.  They learn compassion when he invites the outcasts to the table to break bread with them all.
Grace, compassion, mercy, forgiveness and unconditional love are only embodied when we live them out. 
And so in God’s grand design we are woven into community where we practice and allow ourselves to be pushed and pulled and challenged to turn less to our own selfish ways and to see each individual as mattering and as a vital part of the whole.
Prayer:  God I pray for both your comfort and for your challenge in my life.  May I be like a strong current of water, bold in my undertaking, able to enact change and transform both the landscape and my fundamental nature as I follow Your call in my life.  Amen.

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