Community matters to God. His Word speaks of it 86 times in the NIV.

In Exodus, God commands Israel to sacrifice, to abstain, to travel, to celebrate, to fast, to grumble, to pray, to eat, to build, to worship, to hear, to seek, to drink, to remember and to believe. All in community.

And that’s just in Exodus.

In fact, the Israelites do virtually nothing apart from one another. They are sowing into one another while they do the hard and seemingly mundane together, so that when their Red Sea moment arises and the true freedom bell is ringing, they trust The One and one another enough to ring it together.

Cultivating can be the hard part. Sometimes just showing up is the hard part. When breaking hard and dry ground with heavy blows of equipment – or sometimes our bare hands – is required and watering is found only in blood, sweat and tears, we can get discouraged. God’s remedy is community. Communion with Him first, which inspires community with others.

By definition, community is a social group of any size whose members agree to joint possession, enjoyment and liability of their value. To cultivate is to devote oneself to others to promote, develop, and improve growth by labor and attention.

So go get your hands dirty. Take a swing at some hard dirt and maybe water it with some long needed tears. Once they’ve been washed by the King, go hold someone else’s or better yet, let someone hold yours.

Join Brooke in discussing why community is so important in Holy Yoga.

**Note: this video was filmed as part of a monthly theme in 2015, however this is still a pillar upon which Holy Yoga stands firm.