Words from the Heart for Thursday November 10th, 2016
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)
Many Parts, One Body
Decisions impact other people. In a family, we ought to consider how our choices will impact the rest of our family. In the same way, choices and actions as Christians will affect one another. Do you have wise Christians in your life who can help you discern what is a wise choice and how your decisions can be helping and strengthening others?
The indigenous peoples of Canada are divided among a large number of different ethnolinguistic groups, including the Inuit in the northern territory of Nunavut, the Algonquian language groups in eastern Canada (Mi’kmaq in the Maritime Provinces, Abenaki of Quebec and Ojibway of the central region), the Iroquois of central Canada, the Cree of northern Ontario, Quebec and the Great Plains, peoples speaking the Athabaskan languages of Canada’s northwest, the Salishan language groups of British Columbia and other peoples of the Pacific coast such as the Tsimshian, Haida, Kwakwaka’wakw and Nuu-chah-nulth. Each of the indigenous peoples developed vibrant societies with complex economies, political structures and cultural traditions that were subsequently affected profoundly by interaction with the European populations. The Metis are an indigenous people whose culture and identity was produced by a fusion of First Nations with the French, Irish and Scottish fur trade society of the north and west.
Service clubs and community organizations are having trouble finding new members. It isn’t because they aren’t worthy or have stopped having impact for good on their communities. It’s just that in this day and age, people are finding a sense of community in other places and often this is in the world of social media. Human beings need community. It isn’t healthy to isolate yourself from the others. God has placed within the DNA of human beings a need for companionship and friendship. If this is so in generally it is more so within the Body of Christ, the Church. Romans 12:5 tells us “So it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.” God has gifted each one of us and then called us into fellowship with other Christ followers who have gifts of their own. When we serve Jesus together, with our various gifts, we accomplish God’s will and experience His peace and joy. If you have removed yourself from fellowship with other Christians, you are missing out on the joy of using your gifts in tandem with others whose gifts are different than yours, but who will help your gifts to blossom and become fully what the Lord desired them to be and to accomplish. There is no such thing as Lone Ranger Christianity. Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto!
These have been words from the heart.