Google+ 06/29/2013 Who Am I?!

1 Corinthians 12:12-14

 

 

The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body.

So it is with the body of Christ.

Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free.

But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.

Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part.

 

Now that we understand spiritual gifts from the last five devotions, we also need to understand how those gifts fit together perfectly to form the Family of God.  This understanding and discussion will come in the two weekend devotions and the sermon for Sunday.  So, if you are reading this first, you are in exactly the right place!  The human body is truly amazing, regardless of our different perspectives.  With all of the parts of the body working together in harmony, what we can accomplish for God is truly boundless.  Paul is speaking to the church at Corinth. The diversity of this group would have been enormous.  As Paul points out, there were both Jews and Gentiles.  Today we would label these two groups as believers and non-believers.  There were also slaves and free.  The word "slavery" can be used many different ways.  In Biblical times, as well as the early years in the United States, not everyone enjoyed equality.  For that reason, many felt they were not worthy or they felt excluded.  Obviously, we have all but eliminated "slavery" in the United States, but for many, the "bondage" still exists,  Today, we are bound by sin, not a physical, worldly master.  I pray daily for a large number of people who are struggling with trying to serve two masters.  If our jobs, money, and hobbies force us away from worship and testimony for Jesus, make no mistake that we are in bondage.  The body of Christ no longer can function, as some of its parts are not available.  We simply cannot rationalize our behaviors as being worthy when the master that we serve is not Jesus.  This is where I often get a very strange statement made to me about my life and what I do.  Believe it or not, I actually have people tell me that "there is too much Jesus."  This statement becomes even more ridiculous when it is shared with me by other ministers of the gospel!  Using our spiritual gifts for the glory of the Kingdom of God is not an option.  It is required by God.  That is why the gifts were given in the first place.  When we serve a different master, we do not acknowledge that there is but one God, who has put all of His "parts" together to form the body of Christ.  Don't be responsible for your Family of God's lack of productivity.  When God needs to use the body's hands and feet, we need to be there to reach out and go!  As you read tomorrow's devotion and listen to the sermon, I hope you will discover what Jean Valjean discovers in Les Miserables.  We need to ask the his same question.  "Who Am I?!"