“The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone.’”
God created us for relationship. He designed us to be in relationship with Him and in relationship with each other. He did not create us to be so fiercely independent that we don’t need anyone else.
And truthfully, most of us don’t consider ourselves disconnected. In fact, we’re more connected than we’ve ever been in history. We can connect with friends and strangers anywhere in the world, around the clock. But our relationships are often superficial and we’re losing the ability to effectively engage in face-to-face interactions.
We typically go to work and we go home. We might show up at the ballpark for a little league game or attend church on Sundays, but we don’t truly connect with people there. We exchange pleasantries; we engage in surface-level discussion; and then we go home to our isolated homes. We don’t typically engage in meaningful conversations there. We check the block and go home.
Which is not at all what Jesus calls us to.
“Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”
Jesus invested in a group of 12 men from a wide range of backgrounds. He taught them. Led them. Shared His life with them. And He encouraged them.
They shared their struggles and their fears, and they learned from one another. These fishermen and tax collectors grew in their faith, and then they shared what they knew with others.
The men of Junto Tribe are working to follow suit. We’re building tribes of men who walk through life together; men who challenge and encourage each other. We’re striving to become men who build each other up and who rise to the lives that God has called us to.
We’re seeking authentic relationships with men whose histories differ from ours. Since each of us impacts a different circle of people, together, we’ll reach the world for Jesus.
There’s a tribe that needs your gifts and your influence. Perhaps it already exists, or maybe you’re called to create it. The world needs men who understand that God has something more for them to accomplish than simply alternating between work and home.
Begin today. Nurture your vertical relationship with God. Then ask Him to identify the people you’ll build community with. Move beyond your routine and engage with those around you. Choose real connections over superficial ones.
Who will you connect with today?