“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” – I Corinthians 12:27 As believers, each of us are a part of the body of Christ. Being His body, is uniting as a collective gathering of followers who come together as His church (His body of believers), to do as He did, so that those who know Him may be encouraged, and those who do not yet know His deity in their own lives, might be drawn unto Him.
“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 God places us together in families by faith, to form His body of believers. The quirky collection of Christ-followers who sit beside us on Sundays, are intentionally and brilliantly placed. For in each of us, He has designed different strengths and giftings that He intends us to use to strengthen the body, serve the community, and in all things, give glory to Him. The members that prepare the places where we gather, are equally important in His eyes, to the pastor that is presenting the message. God values each of us equally, and so we ought to also follow our Father’s example.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that not only do we have the privilege to be considered Your body, but You have planted a purpose and a plan for each one of us who enter into Your family by faith. Forgive us for seeing ourselves as either too lofty or too lowly, and help us to remember that our eternal value is in and through You alone. Lead us in love to be united in purpose as we form a fellowship as Your followers. Teach us to trust You and to honor and admonish each member equally, as Your blessed and beloved children. May our unity and solidarity through Your Son, summon those who do not yet know You, unto Yourself. May our every gathering, be it for worship or service, give all glory unto You. Amen.