Wednesday, September 2, 2009

We are family

1Cor 12:20-23: “But now are they many members, yet but one body. 21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. 22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: 23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.”

You are so special to God that He is actively pursing a relationship with you. He wants to start a dialog with you. He is so interested in your life that He is desperately trying to get your attention. When He does and brings you into the family of God after you become a Christ-follower He still considers you important to His mission. To all those who trust in Christ, He gives spiritual gifts. These special gifts are given to individuals for the purpose of working God’s will here on earth. Not everybody receives the same gift, and a certain gift does not make anyone better then anyone else. These gifts are not to puff ourselves up or to show how much one person is more special than another. We are all special and precious in God’s eyes. Each of us has a purpose in the kingdom work of God.

Paul, in this scripture was telling the people of Corinth that one part of the “body” could not exist away from the other. Paul used the illustration of an eye saying to the hands “I have no further use of you, so go away..” Each part of the body is necessary for it to function in a normal manner. Likewise the feet cannot say, “I can do this thing without all of the other members of my body, so goodbye, hands, feet, eyes, and mind.” We know that when a part of our body is removed it begins to die and decompose. That is the nature of things.

It is the same way when we are separate from the body of Christ. You as a Christ-follower will not prosper away from the body of Christ. You will start to decompose and die. We are here to minister to each other and to equip one another. We are not islands unto ourselves. If you are not in a fellowship with other believers you are out of fellowship with God. We are special to God, and we are special to others as well.

– Each of us has a place in God’s kingdom.
Challenge – Find your place in the body of Christ, and use the gift that God has given to you.

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