1 Corinthians 14:26
26 So, brothers and sisters, what should you do? When you meet together, one person has a song, and another has a teaching. Another has a new truth from God. Another speaks in a different language, and another person interprets that language. The purpose of all these things should be to help the church grow strong.
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman
To connect and summarize this week’s topic, it is important to fully understand the meaning of a village. A village is not simply a general land area and group of houses. Most dictionaries define villages as communities that are larger than a hamlet and smaller than a town. However if there is something that is different between villages and cities, it is how close-knit they are. In a village, people know each other. What connects them is not simply geography, but the idea of a relationship. In fact, what keeps a village strong is the singularity of purpose of the village.
When looking at our village, something that grows evident through the years that come is that as time goes on, God is continually completing our community. For some reason, God has blessed us with an opportunity to be surrounded by a strong community which reaches far and wide. Not only are we in the Philippines, but also around the world. To what purpose does God continually complete our village?
If there is a clue as to why God is building our village, we do not need to look any further than The Lord of the Rings. Why is that, you might wonder? When we look at Frodo Baggins, we know him as the ring bearer. He was the one who was tasked to bring the Ring of Power to Mount Doom and throw it down the chasm. He was the man with a purpose. However, he was a simple hobbit who did not know anything about the world. In the novel, when he was left by himself he even had a hard time leaving the Shire! So what was given to him so that he would be able to accomplish his task? He was given a fellowship. Eight people were given to him to ensure that the task was to be completed. Were the eight people with him also ring bearers? Yes! It just so happened that the rings they were bearing was different from the Ring of Power. However, everything they did contributed to Frodo finally arriving in Mordor and being able to destroy the Ring at Mount Doom.
In the end, what is the use of a village? The village is there to strengthen each other. As a village, we have a goal in mind. And as a village, it is up to us to strengthen one another to reach that goal. We have been blessed with opportunity after opportunity as well as gifts and skills. We should be able to use these skills and achieve something that would be far greater than something that one man alone builds. At this point in life, we do not know if we are the “Frodo” or the “Samwise” or the “Gandalf” or even the “Smeagol.” However, what we do know is that we are part of this village—this fellowship—which serves the Lord Almighty. Whether it be to strengthen, to encourage, to uplift, or to serve, we must do our job well and believe in the purpose that God has given to us and our village. That is how a village can make a change.