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Week 6: Get Connected

 

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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 be? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell be? 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.  1 Corinthians 12:12-20

You and I were wired for relationships. We were not meant to do life alone. The reason for our need of God-glorifying, loving relationships in our lives, is because we are image bearers of God. And God, in and of Himself, is a perfect Love relationship. 

There is ONE God in three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. In the book of Genesis, God says, “Let us make mankind in our image.” That statement is full of theological complexities about life and love and glory, but we’ll just lean into one aspect.

You see, we were created to reflect God’s relationship with Himself in our relationships with one another. In fact, in the New Testament there are 59 “one anothers.” Like love one another, forgive one another, honor one another, etc. Again, the idea is that a major part of the way that we reflect God’s glory and grace in this world is the way that we live with and love one another in relationships.

Now, while there are all types of different variations of relationships, God calls us into special relationships in His Church. Two of the primary illustrations used to describe the church in the New Testament are a body and a family. My question for you is: Are you connected to the body? The passage that we read earlier in 1 Corinthians 12 makes it clear that being connected to the body is vital to the Christian life.  

You see, the body needs you and you need the body. The body needs you for the part that you play. To each believer, God has given certain spiritual gifts for the edification of His Church and the glory of His name. Your church needs you to exercise those gifts in order to make the most of Jesus. 

You also NEED the body. If you are not connected to a local body of believers in worship and true fellowship, then there is a major problem with your Christian walk. The Christian life was never meant to be a solo career. A disconnected body part is tragic…for the body part as well as the body. 

 If today you came across a severed foot in a parking lot, what would you think? You wouldn’t think, “oh well, that’s fine. I guess that foot’s gonna do life its own way.” No way! You would think, “something has gone horribly wrong here.” You would know the future of that severed foot. It will shrivel up and die. The same future is in store for the believer severed from the local body of believers.

So, are you connected in a local church?
Do you have people praying for you other than your mom?
Are you available to other believers to lift them up in prayer and to bear their burdens? 

If not, then do something about it immediately. Join a Disciple Group or sign up for the Serve Staff so that you can truly be connected to the body. And if you know someone who is attending a church but not connected, invited them to connect with you. 

And as you get more deeply connected to the faith family, you can count on God to deepen your faith.

Amen.