Tuesday, May 29, 2012

He Must Increase - Day 149

Had a great discussion with a young Christian this morning about the body of Christ. We were reading in 1 Corinthians 12 and I was explaining that every Christian is a necessary part of the body of Christ. We're connected. That means two really important things (at least!):
1. We need the other Christians. It's become almost cliche to say "I don't have to go to church to be a Christian." That overused statement is missing the point completely. When you become a Christian, you are the church. You need other Christians because God designed it to be that way. 1 Cor 12 says you need them when you are happy and you need them when you are sad. The church is the other people of faith that you do life with. Sometimes in the church building, and often times out.
2. The other side of that is that other Christians need you! God has made you part of the body...and every body part has a function. What's your function? What do you contribute? What do you do? I know God hasn't created you to sit in the bleachers and watch the team play...you are on the team. You have a job, and other Christians are counting on you.

Read the Bible in One Year Plan: Nehemiah 10-11

1 comment:

  1. My oldest son has Asperger's Syndrome, which a form of high functioning Autism that is most notable for the lack of social skills in the person with it. While my son is able to communicate needs/wants with others I must confess until he was born I had no clue how important other people are to us, how important it is to be social. My son suffers from several learning delays/disabilities because he doesn't pick up on social cues or worse doesn't think they are important.

    I write all this to add to the importance of the Church be social. That if we aren't social, if we don't spend time with others who follow after Christ like we do or how we want to, no matter their talent or ability, we will be just like those with Asperger's. We will soon find ourselves unable to connect to other believer's, we'll stop picking up on the cues of the Holy Spirit, and finally we'll stop wanting to be around Christians. We were all made to be social, something that perfects our learning and to be apart from that will only lead to Spiritual Learning Delays/Disabilities.