Friday, September 2, 2011

09/02/11 - 1 Corinthians 12

I've been in the book of 1 Corinthians lately. Chapter 12 verse 26 has just struck me in a few different ways. In chapter 12-15 Paul is talking about spiritual gifts. He explains different gifts and the reason for our spiritual gifts.

Chapter 12 he lays out that the body of Christ, is like a body. There's "eyes", "ears"...etc. And we are not to look at someone and say, "Oh I want to be that part of the body."

But it's been verse 26 that has jumped off at me:

Verse 26 says: If one member suffers, all suffer together, if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

We live in a very "island" mentality culture. We think what we're going through isn't effecting others. We think our conflicts aren't effecting others. We think our secret sins aren't effecting anyone. We think what we're going through isn't effecting the "body".

But in this chapter, which is a discussion of our spiritual gifts and edifying the body, it says that when someone is suffering we all suffer along side them.

We're the body, we're connected, we're to bear each others burdens, and we're effected by what others are going through. How can I help the body of Christ be healthy? This should be the question I ask every day!