I have been wrestling with the purpose of the church in my quiet time lately. Not necessarily the church building or the denomination, but the people- the body of Christ. Me and you. Are we really functioning as Christ intended? Are we lifting each other up in prayer, being a supporting community, and bringing others to Christ? Or are we more worried about our curb appeal?
Christ’s love and grace is immense and immeasurable for us. Really, unimaginable for our limited understanding. He very simply commanded us to make disciples of others and teach them His ways. Not to plan ahead and only do it a certain way at a certain time with polish and shine. Oswald Chambers has written, “Give Jesus Christ the opportunity and the room to work.” Are we giving Him the space He needs? Which, by the way, that would be ALL of our space that He needs.
I struggle everyday with giving everything to Him. It’s easy to give the things I don’t feel are important to Him, but to give Him the things that I cherish is just hard to do. Through prayer, I know He’s refining me. I can feel it and I’m trying every day to open my heart. He needs me to be pliable so that I can lift up others up in prayer, support my community, and bring others to Christ. I encourage you to look at how you are functioning in the body of Christ. Are you letting Him be in every part of your life or are you more worried about your curb appeal?
I Corinthians 12:12-31 ESV
12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated withgreater modesty, 24 which our more presen
table parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire the higher gifts.
And I will show you a still more excellent way.
Mrs. Lydia Kinney is the LCS school nurse. If you have questions for Lydia, feel free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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