Daily Devotion Friday, October 11

Friday, October 11, 2013 – Psalm 77; 2 Kings 23:36-24:17; 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 and Matthew 9:27-34

1 Corinthians 12:12-26 – 12For 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. 13For 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.

          14Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20As it is, there are many members, yet one body. 21The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23and those members of the body that we think less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect; 24whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member, 25that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. 26If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.

What I see and hear most often as pastor is; “my gifts, if I have any, are not important to the body, the church.” Very similar to the phrase in our text; “because I am not …, I do not belong to the body.”

My friends, every single cell of our body is important to the functioning of the whole. The cells on the very tip of my fingers are helping me type out this morning’s devotion. They keep my fingers from feeling pain for if they were not there the nerves would be exposed and it would be very painful to type each and every letter. So every single cell of the Body of Christ is important to the functioning of the whole.

Yesterday I had opportunity, a God given opportunity to have lunch with a good friend. He’s not able to attend church regularly he works 3 out of 4 Sundays. I could sense how he feels disconnected to his church. So, I’m writing the following mostly to him, but I’m sure it applies to others as well. We think of the church as Community Presbyterian Church or First Christian Church, yet the Church/Christ’s Body is not the building or any one community, it is all who believe and trust in Christ. So, even though you may not be able to attend worship, you are an important part of Christ’s Body. There are things you can do to help strengthen the body. Prayer for Christ’s Body and all its parts. Form a small group from your church of people who also can’t attend most Sundays who can be strengthened through Bible study and fellowship. Those are a couple that comes to mind, I’m sure the Spirit can reveal others.

In a book that I and some friends are reading the author shares the following;

Church isn’t the sort of thing you can go to. You can be the church, you can become the church, you can even do church, but you can’t go to church. (Nowhere does the New Testament mention going to church.)

Alexander, John F. (2012-07-01). Being Church: Reflections on How to Live as the People of God
(New Monastic Library: Resources for Radical Discipleship) (p. 30).
Cascade Books, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Kindle Edition.

This reminds me of the children’s song; “I am the church. You are the church. We are the church together.”

Friends, together, as scattered as we are each of us helps make up Christ’s Body, alive and well today. You are a significant part of Christ’s Body. Today, make it a point to help build up Christ’s Body by serving and glorifying him.

I give thanks for my chance/God given meeting with my friend yesterday; as Phyllis would say, “A God moment.”

O God, today I ask you to bless each and every cell of Your body, the Body of Christ. I give thanks for each one. May we make it our goal today to build up Your Body by serving You and seeking to do all that You call us to do. Bless Your Body and every cell of it and may every cell be a blessing unto You. Amen.

Psalm 77 – 11 I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord;
I will remember your wonders of old.
12 I will meditate on all your work,
and muse on your mighty deeds.
13 Your way, O God, is holy.
What god is so great as our God?

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