Collective Work and Responsibility: Ujima
To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together.
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:9-10).
A friend of mine once said that when we confess our issues to another person, our issues become their issues as well. When we share the struggles and concerns of our brothers and sisters, we are then challenged with finding solutions or answers to the problems. The Apostle Paul said that we must “bear one another’s burdens” and that when we do we will have fulfilled the Law of Christ. This is a very difficult task to accomplish in our day and age. We live in a world of individualism; dog eat dog; every man for himself. Slowly we are clawing our way back to a mentality of communal living – it is here that we will find peace – if we are constant in our well-doing!
As a Christian, I find roots for common unity in the life of Jesus! His life and death brought down the walls of separation between Jews and non-Jews (Ephesians 2:14). By His example we too can unify people on separate sides. If we will begin to sacrifice ourselves in order to restore our brothers and sisters we can build and maintain our communities.