Daily Devotional: Many Parts...But ...One Body Romans 12 cont
 

 

  I'm speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it's important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.

  In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we're talking about is Christ's body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn't amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ's body, let's just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren't.

  If you preach, just preach God's Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don't take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don't get bossy; if you're put in charge, don't manipulate; if you're called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don't let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face.
Romans 12:4-8
 
I won't add to much to this today...for today's challenge I simply want you to reflect on this passage.  We are One Body.  Each of us plays a different role...but none of us is more important than the other and outside of the body we have no purpose.  We really need to avoid this trap of thinking that we are somehow better or more important than others because of our particular gifts or talents.  The sooner we begin to grasp this concept the sooner we will put an end to fighting among ourselves and the sooner we will see the fulfillment of the Commission we have been given...ya heard!
 
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