Paradise Calvary Chapel

Devotionals

Members of One Body
Anonymous - Nov. 21, 2015
Devotional

Members of One Body “For we are all members of One Body… “Romans 12:5 “Just be you”, or “You have to do what makes you happy”…We have all heard these things, the phrases that encourage us to seek out our own individual purpose and happiness. While it is true that each of us have intrinsic value, because we have each been created by a God who loves each of us and is ultimately acquainted with all our ways, I think sometimes our need for the collective Body of Christ is discounted or lost. We have all had “those people” at some point in our Christian walk; the one who is irritating or needy, the one you don’t feel a connection with and just don’t understand or sometimes the one who makes you feel small and judged. I think sometimes we view the church as some kind of social club, and there are those that we are uncomfortable with so we try our best to avoid any interactions with them, or avoid church because of them. However, this is not how our Lord views members of His body, If we remember what Jesus prayed before He would allow Himself to be crucified, it would put into perspective how the Lord would want His church to look like. “Father, I pray that they would be one as we are.”, and that “the world would know them by their love for one another.” There have been so many times that I would not have chosen those “members” that the Lord saw fit to bring into my life, but if so much of our relationship with the Lord is yielding to His will and not our own, why would I assume that relationships with others would be any different? In James 1:17 we see that “Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” Those people, the ones we enjoy, the ones we struggle with, have all been allowed into our lives by a faithful Father. In His will He has ordained that we be fit together into a holy building that would reflect the glory of His Son. So often the Lord allows the sanctification of our faith to be worked out through those relationships that we would have preferred to avoid. All of this to say, in my own life, in your life, let’s ask the Lord to give us His love for His church; that our faith would be displayed by the love that Christ has given us for one another; and let’s have humble enough hearts to see how the Lord would cause growth in our hearts by another member of His body. Want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with God? You can read more about God’s Plan of Redemption or contact the ministry team with any questions