I want to remind you (as I remind myself) that there is one body of Christ and that body lives as one in different parts.
We have one mission: to let everyone man, woman and child know they are loved and that there is peace and purpose in Jesus (John 3:16).
Whatever your context, church or ministry- it’s part of the larger, global body of Christ. This is important because so many of us are focused on becoming the best hand or the best foot when in fact we need each other.
Paul reminds us that to be the full expression of the Body of Christ all parts of the body are needed. This means the local church and it means the global church.
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many (1 Corinthians 12:12-14).
- I need my brothers and sisters in India
- I need my brothers and sisters in Africa.
- I need my brothers and sisters in Asia.
- I need my brothers and sisters in urban contexts.
- I need my brothers and sisters in rural contexts.Etc. Etc.
Sometimes I get really bummed by how territorial the church can be; how we don’t seem to need each other.
I am convinced, the sooner the Church realizes we need each other, the better equipped we will be to achieve the Jesus mission…together.
What are you doing as part of the body?