Community is a cure for an illness none of us ever knew we had. The illness is isolation, loneliness, and self-reliance. Our illness talks to us and tells us to stay comfortable. It tells us we don’t need Christ or others in our lives. This illness is a chronic condition that, if left untreated, will cause more damage to our lives. The only cure for this illness is to be in community with one another and also in Christ.
God’s design for us, from the very beginning, is for us to remain in community with one another. The problem is that our sinful nature wants to rebel against God and His design for us. There are times when it is a battle to go to our recovery groups and church. It’s in these times that we ask Christ to be in charge and get us to our recovery meetings. It’s in these times that a power greater than ourselves has to take over and be in charge.
Being in community with one another brings us out of this illness. Meetings are our vaccinations against loneliness and isolation. Going against our desires to not be in fellowship comes with lots of blessings. We stop living our lives out of selfishness and begin to be of service to God and others. People who attend their meetings on a regular basis tend to see more success in their recoveries than those who do not. God brought us out of the hell of our old lives so that He could fulfill His purpose for us, as opposed to just making us comfortable. God is more interested in our growth than in our comfort.
Written by Jackell.