Everyone has an inherent responsibility to build-up, or better, the people around them. In developing people, we are building Community. Which is exactly what Jesus demonstrated to us during His ministry; and what He commissioned us to do.
Matthew 28:18-20 (NASB)
18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
If we truly look at what is often referred to as the “Great Commission,” the Lord is telling us to engage the community (build and develop relationships) to be a help to people. In other words, show / demonstrate your obedience to the Heavenly Father and the love for the people by demonstrating the character and nature of the Lord. What better way can we show people the Father’s Love, than by coming alongside (walking with) others in the places where we live, work, and pass through? Being part of the solution (bettering society), by assisting in meeting the needs of those around us; just like Jesus did. This isn’t a new concept or good idea. It was what the Lord meant for us to do from the beginning.
Jeremiah 29:7 (NASB)
7 ‘Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.’
Even when the Lord’s people went into exile, which He still told them to be involved or invested in bettering the location in which they found themselves; on behalf of the people, helping them prosper. Which, although needed, includes so much more than just the financial aspect.
If we looked at the scriptures preceding Jeremiah 29:7; we discover the Lord telling them to begin by developing lifelong, inter-generational relationships. For what other reason would He ask His people to build these relationships; than to demonstrate commitment?
Also, traditions (not the “religious” type) concerning why we as a community and society do what we do can be passed on to the future generations to assist in their ability to reach new heights. While also explaining the things we, as a community and society, need to consistently do; because, we’ve discovered through painful trial and error what’s detrimental to the health and welfare of the community and society. Resulting in mitigating the replication of mistakes made during previous generations.
A Day of PRAYER LLC strongly believes in, and is committed to building Community, as the Lord intends. We do so by establishing relationships and coming alongside other members of the communities we are in, to help meet the needs of those in the places we live, work, and pass through; in the same manner that Jesus, our Lord and Savior did. The Lord has blessed us with opportunities to do this locally, throughout the Nation, and the World.