“For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body — whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free — and have all been made to drink into one spirit. For in the fact the body is not one member but many.” (I Corinthians 12-13 NKJV)
I am a part of a church, but only one part.
I, alone, cannot succeed in spreading the Good News by myself. Each of us has many gifts, given to us by God, to share, thus we must work together.
“But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.” (I Corinthians 18 NKJV)
Last Wednesday, I was not feeling super and it was very cold, but I had awakened in time to go to Bible Study. Our church is less than a block from us. However, I decided it was way too cold and I just wanted to stay covered up in my covers with my kitty purring beside me, lulling me back to sweet slumber.
About 30 minutes later, my phone buzzed and it was my very best friend in the world calling. She was extremely upset about something. She asked me to pray and send out prayer requests, which as soon as we finished our conversation, I did.
Although I was going to be late if I went to Bible Study, I opted to “be late.” This was too much of an important prayer request to let it go and I knew a few of my prayer group ladies would be there, as well as our priest.
I apologized for being late and said, “I will explain later.” After the study, I then did what God had called me to do.
Now, the fact that I fought with myself about getting up, I feel God did “push” me in “moving” me to act as one part of the body of Christ.
If I had gone to church on time I would have missed my friend’s call because I would have turned off my cell phone at church. To me there is “sense” in everything we do in this life, again if we listen.
Also, more than that, part of the study was on Luke 4. “They got up, drove him out of town and led him to the brow of the hill on which their own town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff.” Luke 4:29. Two thousand plus years later, folks are still denying Jesus.
Knowing that some in my family read what I write and some do not really care really bothers me. Alas ... being late to Bible Study ... receiving my friend’s prayer request, being able to get it out over the net to all my friends that pray and my prayer group online and then to church to the priest and my prayer sisters ... and then hearing the words from God ... during the Bible Study ... listening to Luke 4. Wow! Knowing that Jesus was driven out of His town, how me “being ignored,” by family or whomever, is really not important at all. It is just a lesson in life: Serve God. No one needs to give you praise or acknowledgement because you are trying to do as God calls you to do.
I feel that what I do, as my part of the membership of the body of Christ, is what I am supposed to do and, hopefully, I listen correctly!
It was no coincidence that I waited and was late going to church; it was no coincidence that the lesson was on Luke 4 ... and the list of the blessings on that day goes on!
So, I am asking each one of you to realize that you have a special gift, given to you from God. You are but one member of a group, whether you go to church or not ... you still are God’s child and He talks to you and guides you if you will just listen!
We are not called to serve God in the same way, but we are called to be the “member” of the whole body of Christ to reach out to our brothers and sisters to serve Him.
God bless you and your families and any animal companions that you may have.