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Belonging to One Another

February 4th, 2010

Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

Romans 12:4-5

 

It is unthinkable that our bodies would be merely one part. An eye by itself could not function, neither could a stomach or an ear or a foot. The body works when its parts serve together and the diversity among our parts works to the support of all the parts, enabling them to do their work. We can see this same principle in church, as the Lord intended, that the multiplication and diversity of spiritual gifts, along with personalities and experiences, works to provide strength and support to the body, as the under weaving of tapestry adds strength to the fabric.

 

Another essential part of this, however, is to recognize that we also belong to all the other parts. The others do not merely serve us, so that we may bask in some limelight, but we also belong to them. My gift and your gift is to support them in the exercise of their own gift and this way the body builds itself up as each part does its work.

 

But none of the parts of Christ’s body functions properly until the heart is surrendered to God.  We should be thrilled that we have anything given us by God to do for His glory. The most menial task (menial in appearance, that is) is exalted by God to be important and even essential. There should be an ongoing thrill in our hearts that our Savior has given us some role to play in His work in the world. Ministry for Christ is a spiritual experience, to be done by people whose hearts feel the Master’s heart.  

 

Prayer:

 

Lord, we thank You that we have a body to belong to, that You have given us brothers and sisters in Christ and spiritual colleagues in ministry as well. Let us grasp the meaning that each part belongs to all the others and make ourselves available to help others serve You. Amen.

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