Words from the Heart for Monday June 15th, 2020
For 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, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
Romans 12:4-5 (NIV)
Belonging to Each Other
The 2013 General Social Survey on Social Identity asked Canadians aged 15 years and older to describe their sense of belonging to Canada, their province of residence and their local community. Almost two in three people reported having a very strong sense of belonging to Canada. Just under half said they had a very strong sense of belonging to their province of residence, and nearly one in three expressed that same sense of belonging to their local community. The sense of belonging tended to be stronger among women and older people.
We live in a part of the world where we are encouraged to stand on our own two feet and fend for ourselves. We celebrate those who are known as a self-made man or woman. That may be who the world around us celebrates but in the Kingdom of God things are quite different. The apostle Paul teaches this in Romans 12:4-5: “For 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, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” Early in the book of Acts we read about how all the Christians shared what they had and no one lacked anything. Paul builds on this and tells us that we need each other in order to be the Body of Christ. We are not called to go it alone. Community is vital when it comes to walking with Jesus and witnessing to his grace and transforming power. That’s why the Bible teaches that we dare not give up meeting with other believers. Your brothers and sisters need you, and you need them.
These have been words from the heart.