United In Christ

24th July

The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it 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 baptised into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.”

1 Corinthians 12:12-13

Yesterday I watched such a moving video. A local school choir in Stanton Island performed their end of the year piece to one of their teacher’s recently diagnosed with cancer. It was such an emotional video, as the words in the song included promises of getting through the struggle together as a class, of not leaving the teacher on her own and being her strength when she was weak.

It brought home the truth that Paul writes about here in 1 Corinthians 12, about the necessity to get alongside one another in faith, acknowledging that we are all one body even though we are different. We may be separate body parts but we are all connected. No body part is more important than another. As individuals who are part of the body, we need to realise what our uses are and how we can be best used to support the other members of the body. Furthermore, the glue that holds us all together is the Holy Spirit living in each of us. Even though we may be different we are one in Christ.

Let us not forget the power of unity, the power of togetherness and the power of holding each other up in times of hardships. Let us lean on Christ for our strength and our brothers and sisters for support. After all, one match by itself is easily put out, yet a bunch of matches together is much harder to put out. Let us support each others flames and burn bright for the Kingdom of God.

A world united by Christ in the Power of the Holy Spirit is not an idyllic fantasy. It should be every Christian’s dream and lived out in reality. May our hearts align to the unity of Christ.