Our last devotions have consisted of four topics:
Submission: surrendering your life to God
Trust: trusting in the promises power and provisions of God
Apply: putting into practice the principles of God
Believe: learning to leave it up to God to get results
All four of these topics are vital for our own personal spiritual growth, but, every individual that has put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ becomes part of the Church Body. Every individual is equally important and needed if the body is to function properly.
Paul emphasizes this in 1 Corinthians 12
1 Corinthians 12:4-6 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
1 Corinthians 12:12-27 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many.
If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked.
That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
(Discuss the importance of each member with your group)
Some have the opinion that it is not necessary to be a part of a local assembly of believers.
Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
We are told to consider one another. We are called to minister to one another.
(So who is ministering to them and who are they ministering to?)
Christ died for the church. I think that personifies the importance of the church body. The Apostles spent their lives establishing and pastoring a local churches.
We may not be able to directly minister to someone in another city, state or country but we can minister in our own local church and our own community.
Local churches work together for one cause, to reach the lost person. If we are going to have an impact outside the church we must have the power of God on our side.
We need to minister inside the church and this requires us as believers to be united or in agreement with God and one another. Jesus said “they will know you by the love you have for one another.”
Today do an honest examination of your commitment to your church family. Are you ministering to others and being ministered to? You are important. The body cannot function at its full potential if it is missing members. (A strong inside ministry will lead into a great outside ministry.)