DIY–Do It Yourself. Those words mean so much today. Lowe’s and Home Depot advertise DIY projects. You can find a ton of DIY things on some website called Pinterest. It’s all about doing it by yourself because, well, you can if you try hard enough. There’s done of books on how to do DIY projects at home. Home Depot and Lowe’s have specialists who help you in your DIY projects. And when you’re doing your DIY project, you stand back, look at it and think to yourself “This looks nothing like the picture.” But there’s a sense of pride attached to it. You did a DIY project yourself. You can do a happy dance. And when people come over to visit you can show them your DIY project and tell them exactly how you did it. And they’ll all smile and nod their heads. Some might even want to try it themselves.
In the end, you did it yourself. All by yourself. Just you. Maybe you had some help. A friend, a spouse, your kids kicking and screaming. But in the end, it’s all about you. That’s the American spirit really. I can do it. If I try hard enough. Sweat enough. Get the right supplies. All by myself I can do it. Maybe with a little help from my friends. Maybe.
We apply that to our own spirituality. And why not. In today’s day and age, being spiritual is great. So many people want to be spiritual. Being spiritual is in. A little while back, I talked about how in my town, 46.8% of people consider themselves spiritual. That’s great, right? The catch: Only 17.8% consider it important to regularly attend a religious service. We’re spiritual people. Yes, that is true. But how do we see our spirituality?
We look at it the same way we look at so many other things: DIY. Do it Yourself. Spirituality is individual, right? It’s our own personal spiritual journey, right? Spirituality is a private thing, right? You can try spirituality by yourself. The thing is, is that you won’t get far. Sorry. You can only do so much by yourself.
We need others. We need community. Our spiritual journey comes not from doing it ourselves, but doing life with others. It begins by doing life with Jesus first. When you are willing to let Him walk with you, lead you, guide you, be present with you, you begin to grow spiritually. You begin to be alive spiritually. In fact, you do come alive spiritually. True life. New life.
But this can’t be done on your own. Too many times we want to walk with Jesus on our own. We don’t want to share. We don’t want to give up our individuality in our spirituality. It’s ours. We need others. We need a community who walks with us. Who does life with us as we do life with Jesus.
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
If you truly want to be spiritual, you need a body of believers who are together in community. This is what the church is supposed to be. The church is supposed to be a body. More specifically, the body of Jesus (1 Corinthians 12:12-27). You need to be part of this body to truly grow.
Problem is, is that so many people come together as DIY spiritual individuals seeking a place that meets their specific needs of spirituality. There is a want to be given the 3 easy steps to following Jesus. There is the want to see what can be purchased for their own spirituality.
In DIY spirituality, there’s this idea, there’s this question of “What can I get out of it?” What can I, as a spiritual individual, get out of this. Am I being fed spiritually? Am I given the opportunities I need to do spirituality myself?
Life is done together not by ourselves. We are not to be alone. We need each other. We need community. We need a body to be whole. It isn’t about how we’re being fed, but learning to not only feed ourselves spiritually but helping in the feeding of others spiritually. It isn’t about how we can do spirituality ourselves, but how we can do life in Jesus together, walking together, working together.
Are you doing DIY spirituality? Are you wondering “What can I get spiritually out of this?” Have you been trying to do spirituality, following Jesus, by yourself? Have you tried to see what you can get out of something, and if it doesn’t meet your needs spiritually, go somewhere else where you feel they meet your needs spiritually?
Spirituality is not DIY. You don’t follow Jesus by yourself. You don’t do spirituality by yourself. You need others. You need community. Have you ever asked the question:”What can I contribute to the spirituality of the body? What can I do to help others live for Jesus as well? Am I feeding myself spiritually and helping others be fed as well?” You can’t do this alone. You need others.
Are you doing DIY spirituality? How can you move into a spirituality of community, following Jesus together with others?