“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. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” (Romans 12:4-8)
The church forms the body of Christ. The body serves as a beautiful picture of the life of the church. An individual’s body has many parts serving various functions. The church consists of people serving Christ in many way according to the different gifts Christ has given. The church as the body of Christ emphasizes the diversity of gifts which come together to serve one purpose. As members of Christ’s church, we must love one another as we love ourselves. The emphasis is not on uniformity; rather on a diversity which Christ brings together and uses for His purpose. The unity of the church results not from everyone thinking alike, but from Christ bringing the various parts together in serve to Him.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, today we lift up the gifts of the body of Christ within Christ’s Church, that each is used in accord to the individual’s gifts, so that when applied according to His plan, it will appear as a trained orchestra, each one doing their part with the whole and all seemingly to the music of Christ’s love and the love of His people in the church. This we ask in Jesus’ name, our Lord and Savior. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“WWJD was a popular saying back in the 80’s and forward, standing for ‘What Would Jesus Do,’ however, I like to say, ‘Walking With Jesus Daily!’”
“Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! So you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, ‘The two will become one flesh.’ But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.” (1st Corinthians 6:15-17)
Sexual union is God’s plan to create physical and emotional unity in the marriage relationship. Such unity is the foundation of the family. Participation in such union outside he marriage commitment destroys family and betrays our commitment to Christ to whose body we belong and to whom we are united in spiritual union as His bride. Sexual activity is not a right and/or need for every individual to be satisfied the easiest way possible. Sexual activity is demonstration of commitment and unity within the family.
“And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” (Ephesians 1:22-23)
The church exists because of Jesus Christ, the risen Lord ruling in the heavens. Using the imagery of the body, Christ is the head which directs the actions of all other parts of the body. The Church is connected directly to its Head and, thus, represents Chris’s presence in the world
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“He has lost connection with the Head, from whom the whole body supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.” (Colossians 2:19)
Beloved, sin infects the “spiritually minded” when their speculations separate them from union with the rest of the body of Christ. Religious knowledge and spiritual experiences can be occasions for sin when they lead us to pride. Pride makes us concentrate on ourselves and not our desires rather than on Christ and the needs of His church.