Mourn Together, Rejoice Together

Monday 18th March

1 Corinthians 12:26

 Unity and fellowship is key to building a successful church and ultimately Christians who represent Jesus both in word and deed. Last week we looked at Jesus bearing our burdens and the joy of united communal worship to God. This week we will take a look at what it means to be part of the body of Christ, both individually and together as a living organism.

 In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul depicts a picture of the human body alluding it to that of the image of the church. Although there are many parts of the body, each one is key and beneficial for the efficiency and running of the church. If the leg is not working properly it affects the whole body. This is much the same in the body of Christ. However verse 26 gives us a key indication of God’s heart for His bride.

 “and if one member suffers then all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honoured then all the members rejoice with it.”

 A church is often made up of many people from different walks of life, different cultures, different age groups and different spheres of influence. Yet all are united in the common factor of worshipping the same God together. This brings unity. However unity goes deeper than that of a sometimes “superficial” meeting on a Sunday morning. How often have you gone to church with a heavy heart or financially burdened or even lonely? What is our role as the “body”? To create an atmosphere of genuine and purposeful relationship; to cry alongside someone who is crying or to mourn with someone who has just lost a family member.

 Alternately have you ever been to church after receiving great news?? A promotion at work, the news of a baby or even after you have received a breakthrough if your family life? Then we as a body should rejoice with you. Celebrate your highs. Rejoice in God’s provision for you. Be joyous with you. This is a sign of healthy body.

 However we should bear in mind that this relationship only comes with and by the help of the Holy Spirit. Unity and genuine fellowship with people you automatically get on with is easy. When it is with someone you wouldn’t normally socialise with, then it is more of a challenge. It is in situations like that, whereby the Holy Spirit works in the believer’s life for true unity and fellowship. Are you bearing your brother’s burdens or rejoicing with your sister’s honour? You are integral to the efficiency and unity of the body of Christ. You are a valued part of the body and necessary for it to function well.