One Body In Everything

25th and 26th July

If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honoured, all the parts are glad. All of you are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it..”

1 Corinthians 12:12-13

Going to church on Sunday, shouldn’t be a religious checklist activity so that when you go home, you can tick the box that says ‘I went to church’. Church attendance is also not just for personal growth. It is not ‘what can I get from church’ but rather it should be ‘what can I give’, or ‘who can I serve’? There is something special about the body of the Christ. There is a deep connection. 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.

Furthermore, we are all there to support each other; There to lift each other up when we are feeling down, rejoice with each other when there is good news, encourage one another, cry with each other, pray and journey with each other. Our passion should not only be to see the lost come to Christ but to see our brothers and sisters running the race well, not wavering in faith and when life deals a hard blow, be there to support and pick them up. We should be the first to rejoice with our brothers and sisters when someone has received good news. We should praise God together.

Unity pleases God, helps us grow and stops the work of the enemy in our lives. The enemy lives to thwart unity. Yet in the power and because of the power of the Holy Spirit, we can live in love and harmony, bearing our brother’s burdens or rejoicing with our sister’s honour!

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.

The Power Of Unity

30th -31st May

Weekend Edition

And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need…And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.”

Acts 2:44-45, 47c

Why did the early church experience so much growth, particularly in the face of persecution? Obviously God’s grace and the work of the Holy Spirit are huge factors, but could it also be that the unity seen within the church was also a huge factor to church growth?

In today’s church, sadly we often see the opposite. However, of late there seems to be a huge move towards the unification of the church across denominations and across styles of worship. It is so encouraging to see as this unity and attitude promotes church growth. Why? Because the world is crying out for hope, its crying out for unity in a world that is so filled with disunity, corruption, and individualism. Luke tells us in his writings that one of the reason that many people were ‘added to the fellowship’ was because of the unity of the believers.

In fact verses 32 to 34 of chapter 4 tell us that ‘all the believers were united in heart and mind’ and ‘felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had’, so much so that there ‘were no needy people among them’. It is because of this attitude, because of the power of unity, that God graciously added to their number.

This was not some unachievable, ideological elitist club, but a living and breathing tangible organism. The body of Christ is as much alive today as it was in the early church days. The great news is, that as individual members of this body, we too make up the body and we too can contribute to the unity of the church. When people look to church let them not see hypocrisy, slander and disunity. But rather, let us support our pastors, support our leaders, support our brothers and sisters around us, give liberally, love generously, meet regularly and worship faithfully. The church is growing and God will continue to add to our number of people being saved through the power of unity and through the power of the Holy Spirit!!