As we think of our body, it is easy to see how each different part of the body has a special task to perform. Each part performs a critical role that no one other part can perform. The stomach does the digestion. Only the ears can hear. Only the eyes can see. All of the parts are important. But without the other parts of the body, each part would be worthless on it’s own. What good are eyes without a head? What good is any body part on it’s own? How much less is the body when one part is suffering? How much less is the body when one part is failing?
Scripture of the Day:
“Each day Jesus was teaching at the temple, and each evening he went out to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives,” – Luke 21:37
And so it is with the body of Christ. We have to recognize that no matter what church we go to, we are all members of the same body. If one church suffers, we all suffer. If one member suffers, we all suffer. How good are we at taking care of each other? How good would we be if the heart stopped beating, or if the lungs stopped processing air?
We need to constantly remind ourselves of this fact. Too often we get so focused on what our church is doing without considering how me might be impacting others. Too often we don’t really know what lies deep in the hearts of the members of our congregations.
It all comes down to connection, and appreciation for each other. It comes down to asking the question, “How Can I Serve You?”.
And this lesson does not only apply in our churches. We can apply this within our homes with our spouse. We can apply this with our kids. We can apply this within our workplaces within our team, and we have the responsibility to make sure it reaches across departments. And we can apply this within our communities as we learn how everything is connected.
Consider the role that you play in wherever you are at in life. What you do impacts those around you. Are you having a positive impact? Or are you draining the life of those around you? Are you part of the solution, or part of the body of complainers? There is no time like the present to be an active member of the body of Christ. Reach out to someone near you and see if there is anything that you can do to help them. When we serve others, as our Lord Jesus served those around him, amazing things happen. For everything that we do in service to others has positive impacts on the entire body. Everything act whether large or small makes a difference.
We all matter, and we all make a difference.
I call you blessed.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your Word today. Thank you for helping us see how we are all connected and how we all play a critical role in the body of Christ. Help us to see the unique calling that you have for us, and to move forward in that direction starting right now Lord. Give us a heart to serve others Lord. Help us to see past our silo, and past our selfishness. Create a clean heart in us Lord. Let your Word wash us clean, and make us new. Let your Holy Spirit flow in and through us Lord for the benefit of the body of Christ and for your glory. We thank you for all that you have done for us and that you continue to do on our behalf. We give you all the honor and glory and praise, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Today’s full reading: Job 37,38; 1 Corinthians 12
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