Last night we started a new series on Wednesday evenings that will run for 4 consecutive weeks. The title of the series is “We’re ODD.”
Before you are offended in anyway, I want you to know that I am not talking about being unusual (in a bad way), irregular, weird, or an odd number, such as 3, 5, 7, or 9. What I am talking talking about is that we are One, Different, and Dependent upon each other.
Let me briefly explain
As Christians (those that have put their faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins) we are considered to be apart of something much larger than ourselves, we are considered to be a part of the body of Christ.
What is the body of Christ? Great question. To get a basic understanding of what the body of Christ is I would encourage you to read 1 Corinthians 12.
In the meantime, the body of Christ is a symbol of the church. Paul compares Christians, both worldwide (those in ddifferent churches, states, and countries) as well as locally (those who are gathered together at the same church, such as Perrow) to a human body.
What we read in 1 Corinthians 12.12, 14, and 27 is as follows, “For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ…For the body is not one member, but many…Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.”
What we see is that Christians are called to live ODD lives. We are to live our lives together with each other in such a way that we would symbolize a human body.
What does this mean? This means that just as the body is one, yet has many different members, we too are one, yet different from one another. Since we are one we are to live our lives dependent upon one another.
Instead of not accepting others for who they are, talking bad about them, or not participating in the work that God has called us to do as one, united together in peace and harmony. We need to realize that we are one, yet different from one another in many ways, and are to live and work together just as all of the different cells, organs, and limbs of a body does.
For this week we all need to consider how we are living towards others, both in front of them as well as behind them. Not only do we need to consider this, but we also need to ask ourselves, “Am I playing my part? Am I involving myself within the work of Jesus Christ the way that I should?”
If we find that we have not acted towards others in a godly way, then we need to confess of our wrongs, especially to those that we have mistreated, and begin living the ODD life that God has called us to live.
Also, if we believe that we have not been involving ourselves in the service of Jesus Christ as we ought to, then we need to prayerfully consider, “How can I involve myself, how can I do my part?” Once you believe you know what it is, then give me a call, stop me in the hallway, or write me an e-mail and we will talk and get you plugged in.
Over the next three weeks I will provide a further explanation of the ODD life.