Bite & Devour
Topic: Church/Community Scripture: Galatians 5:15, Numbers 11:1–11:20, Numbers 11:31–11:34
We, the Church, are to proceed in community, under the guidance of God’s Spirit, according to our new nature. The result is a people who model love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. However, each of us has latent, residual inclinations to people and events that, unchecked, have the capacity for great corporate harm. The contrasting result is a community whose conduct is more akin to wild animals. Galatians 5 warns us that this feedback loop of biting and devouring can and will consume the entirety of the community, which is exampled to us in Numbers 11. We are most vulnerable, as a church, when our misfortunes are too big, our cravings are too strong and our leaders are too burdened. Thankfully, we are offered some clear, biblical instruction to help get back in-step with the Holy Spirit and avert the church’s consumption.