This week I’ve been driving home the point that followers of Jesus don’t “have it all together.” Instead, they have it all, together.
The placement of that comma makes all the difference in the world.
Today l want to focus on that word “together.”
The Bible calls the church the “body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:27). Jesus is the head, and we are his body. That means none of us are supposed to go it alone; we receive messages from the head (brain) and carry out his plans as fellow-contributors. When Paul wrote that passage I highly doubt he was envisioning dismembered fingers, earlobes and elbows all over the place.
One of the benefits of the body-of-Christ image is that there are other people who are also committed to the cause of Christ who can help you AND be helped by you.
Let me get real for a second. I’m a pastor. I’m supposed to know stuff, right? I’m supposed to be steady all the time, right? I try. But I don’t always succeed.
There are times when I start to worry too much and feel overwhelmed. In those moments I’m not at my best; I get an innocent email and perceive it as a personal attack. Or I lose perspective and stop leading by faith. And I can’t fall asleep thinking about the thousand what-if’s.
But then a friend calls and asks how she can pray for me. And someone at church asks if they can take something off my plate. Then someone sends me an encouraging Bible verse or a reminder from one of my own devotionals!
1 Corinthians 12:27 (NLT) says, “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.” What if instead of considering it an extra, you considered it a privilege?
If you’re not yet a part of a church family, I think you should get connected. And if you’re already a part of a church family, (a) don’t be afraid to reach out for some help with something you’re struggling with, and (b) don’t be afraid to be that source of help for somebody else.
I’m guessing that would make Christ’s body more toned and powerful for the healing work he wants to do in our troubled world. And I’m also guessing that it would feel so good to be a part of something so great.
By Matthew Ruttan
ANNOUNCEMENT – Yesterday I let you know that Up! is being published as a book this fall! [Picture below.] It will be called “Up! – 313 devotionals to help you start your day in a biblical, relevant way.” I’m super excited about it and 100% of the proceeds will be given to Fight4Freedom, a local organization getting its hands dirty in the fight against human trafficking in the sex trade. Specific details and date about the release are coming soon.
HOW YOU CAN HELP – If you want to help get the word out, and help others get interested in starting their day in a biblical, relevant way, you can do 1 of 2 things:
1. You can reply to this email (or post a comment) and tell me in 1 sentence how you have been helped or encouraged by the Up! devotional.
2. OR You can record a video of yourself (less than 20 seconds) and put it in my Dropbox folder here.
I’ll use what you send in as a part of the promotion for the book! And please keep in mind that if you send me something you agree that I can use your words, name and video content online. Thank you! Be a part of the work God is doing…