Words from the Heart for Thursday November 11th, 2021
So it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
Romans 12:5 (NLT)
Belonging to Each Other
Back in 2015 a number of new Canadians were interviewed to ask about their sense of belonging to the community in which they have settled upon coming to Canada. One recent immigrant from China said “Like being in China, in PEI there is a sense of belonging, each time you leave the province, just after a few days, I really want to go back to PEI. Once I cross the bridge, I have the feeling of being home.”
On this Remembrance Day, we are particularly reminded of how much we need each other. We take time today to think upon those who have given up their time, family, finances, careers and even lives for the good of others. The greatest example of that kind of sacrifice is Jesus, who being God Himself, didn’t consider equality with God something to be clung to, but who came and laid down His life on a cross so that we can be set free from our sin, guilt and shame. In so doing, He created a family called the Church – the body of Christ as the Bible describes it. Listen to how Paul puts it in Romans 12:5: “So it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.” There is a deep spiritual mystery here. There are lots of groups and organizations we can belong to. But in Christ there is a spiritual connection between those who love Him. We all belong to each other, united by the presence of the Holy Spirit in each of us, and among us as we gather together. Your brothers and sisters need you.
These have been words from the heart.