As the body of Christ, we belong to each other (Romans 12:5). How do we truly live this out in our small groups? Do we really act like we belong to each other, or do we act as if we belong to ourselves?
In an individualistic, me-centered culture in which many look at their church and small groups with a consumeristic (“what’s in it for me?”) mindset, it’s a stretch to really expect people to belong to each other. Which is why, I believe, we in the Western church still struggle to build organic, holistic small group ministries. It’s nearly impossible if we do not know how to belong to each other.
What needs to change? I believe it must start with understanding this:
Lord, teach us that we are not our own. When you bought us at the price of your death, you redeemed us for yourself and for one another. Give us the ability, Lord, to belong to each other in unity, so that together we may be your body in a world that needs you so desperately.