Our Student Ministry’s 2020 summer theme is BE Together. Being together brings us great feelings of unity, joy, and strength. Though we’re not always together physically, there are people and places—near and far—where we can find community. Pause for a moment and know you also belong to God’s community . . .

I’ve been thinking a lot about our recent high school graduates (in general) and a big transition (in particular) that is about to happen for many of them: getting a roommate. If you’ve ever had a roommate or shared a room with a sibling, you understand what can be the difference between a good roommate and a bad roommate. A good roommate is kind, considerate, mindful, and respectful. It’s a bonus if the two of you have shared interests.

Ideally, the more comfortable arrangement creates a better experience for all parties. In a perfect world, Jesus would qualify as an ideal roommate. Jesus showed love, exemplified sympathy, could empathize with others, all while being compassionate. What better person to be in community with than someone who imitates Christ? As we work to Be Together, let us all ask ourselves how we can be like Christ every day in the things we say and do, and in the ways we treat one another.

When we imitate Christ in our actions and words, we are setting ourselves up to work better together to build the beloved community where all God’s people can indeed BE Together. All it takes is our willingness to imitate Christ one day at a time. What can you do to become more like Christ today?


“Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort in love, any sharing in the Spirit, any sympathy, complete my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, being united, and agreeing with each other.” Philippians 2:1-2