Tuesday, September 08, 2009

One Body in Christ


3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
Romans 12:3-8, New King James Version

One Body in Christ

Did you know that the word, "Christ," appears 60 times in the book of Romans? Often I think of Romans as the great "transition" book. By that, I mean the transition between the times when God worked specifically with the Jewish nation, to the times when the Gospel was opened to all, Jews and Gentiles, alike, for we are all one body in Christ.

It is so important that the emphasis here is on Christ! How quickly our pride steps in and congratulates ourselves on our wisdom in accepting Christ. How foolish we are! Are we Christians by our own power? Absolutely not!

For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

It is God who has dealt to us a measure of faith. Well then, are we to take pride in our great Godliness and righteousness as a Christian? Though the answer is an obvious, "no," we should think about that question very carefully. We have such a propensity to look down upon others for their lack of faith. Or, even worse, we measure other Christians to make sure we are more spiritual than they!

For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.

As Christians, we are one body in Christ! We are all members of one another! God has so ordered his people that, together, we function as parts of the same body. How does that happen? Only by the grace of God!

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use those God given gifts for the glory of God. The only boasting we should do is boasting in Christ who is the author and the finisher of our faith.

Ponder that as you go about the duties of this day. Fall before the Lord and thank Him that He has counted you as one of His people. Then, go and serve Him joyfully, knowing that you are just a small part of one body in Christ.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

God Bless You,
Linda

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