Community is defined as a group of people that live in with one another with common interests. I like to configure the word into common-unity. God didn't accidentally create people that have common interests. We were made to be in community with each other. God knew that Adam was going to be lonely not long after he created the perfect world for him.
The majority of us know that story, but what if God didn't create others with common interests. What would the world be like? I actually can't even think of a good example of what the world would be or look like. Our common interests are what bring us together in common-unity. They are what brought us together with our elementary BFF, college buddies, and our significant other. These interest range from sports, to fashion, to PTA, and even our jobs.
The relationships that are made with these friends or co-workers can be used for God Kingdom. I have learned that it is much easier to connect with a new friend, and eventually explain your love for Christ, when you both have a common interest. But this system has become too much of a rhythm for most of us. We forget what the end goal is; to plant a seed for Christ to work in their life. We get so bogged into worrying about what the other person will think of us or if we will get another moment to reconcile the relationship. But wouldn't you rather be confident you planted a seed that God could water, rather than not planting a seed?
There have been so many times in college when I will make friends in class but by the end of the semester I wonder if I planted a seed or influenced them to grow in their faith. These classroom-friendships only last for a semester and I usually don't see these people again. If I would spend more time trying to plant a seed, I wouldn't have to worry about if they gave their life to Christ.
So I conclude with this:
What does your community look like? What are you doing to plant a seed? If you aren't trying to plant a seed, then what fear are keeping you from doing so?
God created us to live in community with one another. Give Him glory and use these friendships to grow His community. God just needs us to be his body, He has the green thumb!