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The Body of Christ and You June 8, 2012

Filed under: Within the Church — christical @ 7:34 pm
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Mood: Inspirational

The body of believers, like this stained glass window, is made of many fragments. Everyone has a special purpose in the Church. Not the church as an institution, but the Church as a community. Everyone works together, and we can unite for the greater good. Check out this letter from Paul to the Corinthians:

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body–whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free–and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearingually be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. (1 Corinthians 12:4, 5, 7-20 NIV84)”

So, even though you may not feel important at times, you’re not dispensable. You’re not useless. Diversity is what brings the body of believers together!

I used to want to be a real leader in the church. As in, really really needed, so I expected to suddenly wake up prophesying, or speaking in tongues or something like that. But then, I was talking to a member of the worship team (he is also a good friend); we were talking about something I was learning on the piano. Then, the worship leader happened to overhear our conversation, and . . . The rest is history. A somewhat-long story that I will share someday.

Anyway, what I want you to take away from this is: you matter, and I can’t wait to see God be fulfilled through you. 🙂

Spiritually thirsting for more? Read 1 Corinthians 12 and meditate on your gifts and how you can use them to help others. Pray as needed.

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