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We're in This Together

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Pastor Jeff Jones shares a personal story that illustrates a perfect picture of Jesus.

"For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many," (1 Corinthians 12:12-14, NKJV).

Once, I had two occasions within 24 hours to see the body of Christ come together in a way that shows both our uniqueness and our unity in serving Jesus and His church. It’s the coolest thing when we come together and show the world a picture of Jesus!

The first occasion was a night when we met with a couple hundred of our volunteer leaders at church. It was so cool to see the passion that these folks bring to their various areas of ministry. It was evident that although we are all wired differently, when we choose to work together, we become a mighty unified force for God’s kingdom. We’re blessed to have an army of people who serve with equal diligence but in different areas of ministry. While they are all passionate about what they do, they understand the value of what others do as well, even though it’s different.

Just like the scripture above in 1 Corinthians talks about, we have many members, but we’re one body, working together for the common good. It’s important that we know our roles and embrace them. It’s like how it works in the natural—it's tough to eat a sandwich with your foot, but it’s equally tough to run a marathon on your hands. Something really amazing happens when we understand our gifts and passions and celebrate the gifts and passions of others.

The bottom line is that although we may be wired differently, God has wired us to work together.

The second occasion came a day later when we spent the day with some incredibly creative people talking about the future of our church. As I looked around the room and listened to the ideas that were flying back and forth, our differences, as well as our common bond amazed me. It’s a bond that only comes through our faith in Jesus Christ. So, let’s never forget that He is the One who has uniquely wired us. He has given us different passions and gifts, but at the same time, He helps us to use them like pieces of a giant puzzle to paint a glorious picture of Jesus. When we are willing to use our gifts and passions together, then this whole thing works. Life works, our families work, our ministries work, our businesses work—all to the glory of the One who made us. You see, we’re in this together.

Say It: “Father,thank You for making each of us different and unique. I choose to celebrate those uniqueness’s and not complain that everyone else isn't like me. Help me to see the value of the members of the body of Christ, and celebrate what happens when we work in unity for the common good. I can clearly see that we’re in this together, all for Your glory. In Jesus’ Name, amen!”


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