Can you believe that we are only 11 1/2 weeks away from Christmas?! Where did 2021 go?!
Time moves quickly – especially so as you get older. Life is busy, and we are all trying to do our best with the time, resources, and responsibilities that we have.
As we continue to reemerge (hopefully!) from this pandemic, God’s Word has some important things to say to us about what we will live for, how we will spend our lives, and what is the best use of our time. As we return to 1st Corinthians 12 this Sunday, and next week in our Daily Worship Devotions, we consider such a passage. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, 1st Corinthians tells us that spiritual vitality requires being an active and engaged participant in a local church body. Being an active and engaged participant in a local church body is what we were made for and what we were redeemed for. When we are not, it’s not good or healthy for us. If you are a Christian, this explains a crucial part of why this pandemic has been so difficult. Our ability to live out this spiritual reality has been hampered, frustrated, and diminished. That takes a toll on our spiritual, emotional, mental, and even physical health.
1 Corinthians 12:12-26 also makes very clear that every member of the body of Christ is important and needed. The body of Christ has many parts. It is vitally important that each part functions fully and is actively engaged and connected to the body. When one part is missing or disconnected, the whole body suffers. That means that you are a vital and needed part of the body of Christ!
This past week, I have been deeply encouraged and moved to hear about and see the body of Christ functioning as God desires and intends here at Church of the Redeemer. It is a beautiful and powerful thing. It is a good thing – good for me, good for you, and good for us. I look forward to more and more of God’s continued blessing on his body.
So, take the time to read, reflect, and meditate on 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 this week as you prepare your heart for worship.
I look forward to growing and worshiping together with you this Sunday.
Yours in Christ,