A community becomes truly and radiantly one when all its members have a sense of urgency in their mission. There are too many people in the world who have no hope. There are too many cries which go unheard. There are too many people dying in loneliness. Its when the members of a community realize that they are not there simply for themselves or their own satisfaction, but to welcome the gift of God, to hasten his kingdom and to quench the thirst in parched hearts through their prayer and sacrifice, love and acts of service, that they will truly live in community. A community is called to be a light in a world of darkness, a spring of fresh water in the church and for all people. If a community becomes lukewarm, people will die of thirst. If it bears no fruit, the poor will die of hunger.

– Jean Vanier in Community and Growth

  • That’s why Ephesians 4:11-12 are so important for the church. It’s why are church must include a strong dose of member care. Because they must be the ones bringing the light into the world. (You can’t count on the darkens entering the light.)

    • ToddHiestand

      Steve. Exactly. Eph 4 is required in this because some of us are better at one than the other and some of us are better at leading one part of this whole thing…

  • We can’t bring light unless we enter the darkness! And, we have to enter passionately engaged, lest we become lukewarm, and people end up dying of thirst. Love this, Todd!