Last night we picked-up where we left off two weeks ago in our series called living the ODD life. The first night was just an overview of what we were going to teach from 1 Corinthians 12.12-26. Yesterday evening we looked closer into 1 Corinthians 12.15-20 and what it means to live as one.
It’s amazing how Paul, who wrote the letter that we are studying from the New Testament, compared the body of Christ (i.e. a group of Christians) to a human body. What we saw last night in a simplistic biological study, was that even though our own physical bodies are made up of many different parts, such as toes, hands, ears, lungs, red blood cells, etc., it is still one body all living and working together.
The same holds true for the body of Christ. Even though we are all different from each other in some shape, way, fashion, or form, we are still one body, we are too still live and work together as one (read 1 Corinthians 12.14 and 20).
Not only are we to live our lives together in such a way, but we are not to exclude ourselves from it because of any insecurities that we may have when we compare ourselves to someone else. We read in 1 Corinthians 12.15-16 that “If the foot says, ‘Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,’ it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body.”
This means that even though we may not be somebody else, and have a particular gift or ability, such as singing or playing an instrument that we are not any less a part of the body, a part of the group, a part of what is going on (to get plugged in check-out http://www.perrow.org/youth/plugin.html).
Here’s a couple of quick questions
If our physical bodies consist of many different parts, yet live and work together as one, how can we as a group of Christians best live and work together as our bodies? What would this look like? Is there anything in particular that you would see if our group was living together just as our bodies?
What are some things that we can do to move towards living as one body? Are there any hurdles that we have to jump over? What are some things that have been accomplished in living the ODD life that God has called us to live?
Look forward to hearing from you soon!