“For the body is not one member, but many.” 1 Corinthians 12:14
As I read 1 Corinthians 12 today for our Engage the Bible 2020 challenge, this verse leaped out at me.
A pastor may have had the brunt of the work for a typical worship service in the past. But conducting online services can easily become a one-man band!
Yet, one of the primary lessons of the COVID-19 world is that the Church is MUCH, MUCH MORE than a worship service, any church program, or the church building.
THE CHURCH IS THE PEOPLE OF GOD!
Each believer in Jesus has been granted spiritual gifts by the Holy Spirit which, when put in use for God’s glory, makes a powerful impact on the world.
Like the physical body, our local church consists of many members, all with important functions for this body to mature spiritually and to minister effectively to its community.
While we cannot “go” to church, we still ARE the church! Even in this time of social distancing and isolation, your participation in the life of church is essential.
It has been wonderful to see and hear how you are putting your faith into action already. Some regularly send prayers and words of encouragement to others. A number joined in a 24-hour prayer vigil.
Some have stopped everything each day to pray at a set time. Some have met daily with a group online to pray and encourage each other. Some are becoming more intentional about family devotions.
You have called family members and friends. You have sought to encourage people to trust in Jesus. You have even called or texted me to check how our family is doing.
Several participated in an impromptu singspiration, singing songs of faith and encouragement. Some have given for those in need.
Paul’s point in this verse was at least two-fold: 1) no one should become overly proud of their spiritual gifts and function in the church – the church is made up of many members, not only one; and 2) no one should feel less important in the Body of Christ – every gift and function of its members is essential!
The Holy Spirit has instilled within you a certain passion for ministry, various spiritual gifts, and specific opportunities to use His gifts in service for the Kingdom of God.
Use your gift! Work together with your brothers and sisters for God’s glory! Let’s change our world for the better!
We look out at a world sick with coronavirus, but the greater, more deadly, disease is SIN.
Let’s be the hands and feet of Jesus bringing the healing power of God’s LOVE to a dying world!