Personal note: My apologies for being so late in getting a thought for the day out. As many of you know, I teach my class for Lexington Theological Seminary on Congregational Systems this coming weekend as part of their intensives period of instruction. I will do my best this week to keep the thoughts for the day coming while preparing to teach virtually for the very first time. Your prayers and understanding will be welcomed.
I Corinthians 12:4-13
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.”
Paul goes to great lengths to instruct us that in God there is only one body with many parts, each equally important to the health, vitality, and wholeness of the body.
There aren’t many bodies, just one. There aren’t different bodies to judge and rank (did you ever notice that ranking is always the privilege of those on the higher rungs of the ladder when living by this false perception?). There is only the one body of Christ! We are all members of it. Each of us (meaning everyone that is) has a place of equal worth within the body of Christ. Period.
I can’t help but believe that God’s greatest wrath is reserved for those who insist on dividing the body of Christ into “theirs” and “everyone else’s.”
Be a blessing to someone today!