In 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 Paul is explaining community. He compares the community to the human body, and that of the body of Christ. V12 “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body” and V18 “..God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them just as he wanted them to be” V21 “The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” and the head to the feet, “I don’t need you!” for each part is just as important to the body. This is addressed to say that no one’s spiritual gifts are more or less important than any others. Each independent part of any church is important to making the church whole. Those behind the scenes are just as important as those who aren’t. The person who cleans the pews are just as important as the pastor as the one who runs the projector screen. Those who volunteer to the main teachers. Those who profisie to those who can see who needs a hug on a bad day. Those who pray diligently for others to those who cook our fellowship meals. Those who pick music all the way to the quiet person who sits in the a pew quiet and unnoticed each week, but has been moved so greatly they bring in others to hear that same word of God. All members of the body of Christ are needed! This is important to remember. V26 “So if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it” This is clear as day so why is it then so hard for us to step up and help others? Should we not also feel their suffering? As a biblical community we should come together feel their pain and help them out and NOT ignore what they need simply because it is easier. As listed in our books Psalms 133:1 says “How good and pleasant is it when brothers live together in harmony!” this is that we are to learn to get disagree respectfully and always be able to pull together in community to help one another and be one together. Though all completely different together making one.
Questions asked in our book to think about:
- Have you made authentic community a priority in your Christian life?
- What could you do to encourage a member that feels he or she cannot do much for the church?
- What factors in your church put a strain on the church’s unity?
- What causes some Christians today to feel superior to other Christians?
- How can you avoid this kind of pride?
- How does your church suffer when someone is sick or loses a job?
- How does your church rejoice when a member is honored?