I read the following quote the other day by Seth Godin.
Autarky is dead
Self sufficiency appears to be a worthy goal, but it’s now impossible if you want to actually get anything done. All our productivity, leverage and insight comes from being part of a community, not apart from it. The goal, I think, is to figure out how to become more dependent, not less.
I love this quote. I know it is probably intended to apply to the business world but it brought to mind the concept of biblical community. The world sometimes likes to convince us that being dependent on others is a weakness but as Christians we know that nothing is further from the truth. And yes, I realize that there is unhealthy dependency that exists between people but that is not the kind of dependency I am proposing. I am talking about the kind of dependency where we realize that we were never meant to journey this road called life alone. We need people to come along side us. And others need us to come along side them.
Self-sufficiency and life without accountability and support will lead to failure. We need people in our lives to encourage us, to shed light on areas of our life where we might be struggling and to simply help us keep our eyes and our hearts pointed in the right direction. In community, we grow by learning from one another. Here are a few verses that Seth’s quote prompted me to think about.
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.(Hebrews 10:24-25 NLT)
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. (Ecclesiastes 4:9 NLT)
Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. (Colossians 3:15 MSG)
When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. (Romans 1:12 NLT)