A long time ago in a house not to far from here, a fan was made. It all started with a VHS tape, a rich story line and being transported through a galaxy unlike my own. It is almost surreal to think back to that day when, while sitting in front of a CRT screen, I fell head first into an imaginary space where there seemed to be no limits. Lightsabers, blasters, bounty hunters, Jedi and sith all inhabited this place in my mind. Each one had their place and purpose.
Fast forward to the present and a two minute teaser sends chills up my spine, brings tears to my eyes and reminds me of the journey I’ve been on with a whole host of other people from the world over for so long. All those other people sat down and were captured by this sense of wonder at some point and have allowed themselves to enjoy its beauty ever since. There is much to be said for an experience that is shared between a collective group who wants the similar things to become reality.
I am so grateful to experience moments where I am part of a collective group who responds almost as a cohesive unit. As though we are all so in tune with each other that we need not say a word to express emotion, thought or feeling, but rather it is impressed on each one of us so deeply we cannot deny the hold it has on us in that brief moment.
Hopefully by this point you have recalled done point in your life when you have felt what has been described above. Whether it was in a movie theater, at a concert, listening to a speaker or watching a video of a crowd reacting to any of the above, you know the feeling.
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
Matthew 18:20 NIV
God has created us as social beings and all through out scripture we see God putting multiple people together to fulfill His will. I have the amazing privilege of being in a community group of people that attend my church. We meet on a regular basis and slowly over time form bonds through our common interest in learning and growing in our relationship with Christ and each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.
This is very much the extravert in me speaking, but I believe there is a place in the church for collective worship, in large groups, that allow us to be lost in the mystery of God while amongst brothers and sisters in Christ. This, to me, is refreshing and typically brings me to tears.
The take away
So why is this important? Yes! 1 Corinthians 12 speaks to the importance of every one of us in the body of Christ being a part of God’s plan. It is essential for us to be in community with each other to strengthen one another, encourage one another and have experiences together.
Why do you think you leave conferences, concerts and collective experiences so energized? I think it is God giving us a glimpse of what is to come and oh how amazing it will be.