Rather than institutions and monuments to show that social clubs have lasted generations, what society looks for is a dynamic community growing in love.
They won’t see that through activities for the sake of activities. They won’t see that in impressive speeches from appealing individuals designed to captivate without content. They won’t see that in a focus on the application of cutting edge technology and sophisticated networking methods.
They see that when the community are visible in their relationships and learning to love each other through challenging circumstances among them as well as beyond them. Maintaining unity in the bond of peace is not about reinforcing corporate structures and layers of hierarchy. It’s about learning again what Jesus teaches about the pursuit of the highest positions,
You are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. (Matthew 23:8-12 NIV)
Continuing the theme of turning things upside down and presenting to the world the heavenly alternative, Jesus promotes a community led by models of servanthood. When communities of grace notice that example from that place, they can see what the ethos is among them and how it will impact the world around them.
What impact would it make in our neighbourhoods to see a community who always looks for the good of each other and is willing to serve even in the most menial ways. What a difference it would make to see that community pour out that attitude in engaging with different elements in society.
That’s the change we’re looking for in a world so hung up with the pursuit of power and prestige that only oppresses and demeans others. The community of grace has every opportunity to present the change both as we operate within the community and then how we engage beyond.
Loving Father forgive us for our selfish ambition and pride that has closed the door to others. As we look to the example of Jesus our Lord, help us to likewise serve others and show the change in our attitude.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden