Taken from my devotion 💜
To Paul, being a “member” of the Church meant being a vital organ of a living body, an indispensable, interconnected part of the Body of Christ.
Chileeeeeeeeeeee!! When I read that and I saw how we are automatically a vital part, I smiled. Because, it means we all have a role to do. No part is great than the other. Just that our roles are different. 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 said it beautifully.
Paul knew exactly how to settle the issue about who is the greatest amongst us? This was the same argument the Disciples had, when Jesus was telling them he was about to die soon. And that women who anointed his feet with her perfume.
The disciples argument was pointless and petty because, they each have a role when it comes to the kingdom of God. Just that, they allowed their pride to take over. And greed to enter their hearts.
Sadly, this happens to us when we either become close to a founder or a ministry or obtain a title. Some think they are untouchable. But instead, without repentance, they become a decaying organ. Because they’ve abused their function and didn’t take care of their hearts
So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.
Romans 12:5 NKJV
We are interconnected to each other. As I say, no man is an island. They’ll be times we might seek help from others, even if it’s simple prayer. But, if we see ourselves as too big to ask for help. Then, we become more vulnerable to “infections and diseases”.
We become like organs taken out of the body. It can’t live on its own. The central source is God and he connects us to each other.
Another reason why Jesus broke down the commandments to love your God with all your heart, mind and strength and to love thy neighbour as thyself
Emphasis on as thyself. There shouldn’t be any disconnection between us and them. They are an extention of us through Christ Jesus.
My last point taken from my devotion 💜
And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it,
I Corinthians 12:23-24 NKJV
I looooove this! Because, it’s God who gives honour to us. And it’s him that adds value to us, not ourselves.
I felt that verse was very encouraging. And it makes me respect those who do small things like, cleaning the church or putting chairs out. Or even showing love. Those things that go unnoticed but, they are big in God’s eyes.
I’ll leave you with this:
God’s purposes for his Church are identical to his five purposes for you. Worship helps you focus on God; fellowship helps you face life’s problems; discipleship helps fortify your faith; ministry helps find your talents; power helps fulfill your mission.
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