Ramblings of the Curate!!
In 1 Corinthians 12:14-30, Paul compares the people of Christ's church as a body with many parts. All parts are required to be functioning for the church to be fully ministering as God had ordained it to.
If you had to be a body part, what would you choose and why?
What body part would you not like to be and why?
Paul reflects upon how the undesirable body parts may be the bottom, or a toenail is to be held up and respected, as they also have a role to play.
If one body part fails to operate then the whole body suffers, just as it takes the whole congregation to be working together in service, not only to God but to each other in the way we gather on Sunday and throughout the week.
There may be body parts that we often overlook and forget about. I know I don't often stop and ask the question before is consume something, what effect will this have on my liver?
Who in our church do we think are overlooked and what can we do about that?
Each part of the body has a function, such as the lungs draw in oxygen and expelling carbon dioxide, our toe's help keep some of us balanced our nose hairs help trap dirt and other things from entering our body.
What function do you or can you play in our gatherings and our life together throughout the week as we seek to evangelise, encourage, enable, and equip each other and those around us in our faith?
As I write this I am reminded that Paul writes that an ear can not be an eye nor does it try to be, or a foot be a hand. Each body part has a function that puts all of its energy into being.
In many churches, there are a handful of people who do a lot and become spread thin and burnt out. If we all did our part, it would protect one another from having to feel that we have to do everything.
A book I read once said that a healthy and alive church grows both numerically and spiritually as it is filled with disciples who seek God's will.
What is God calling you to?
It takes every part of the body to be active for it to be a fit and healthy one and Paul reminds us it is the same for the Church.
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