Meditation for the Week
We are members of the body of Christ, carrying in these earthen vessels the invaluable gift of the divine nature of our Redeemer. We belong to one another just as much as we belong to the Lord Himself. We were brought together into the Christian community on the same ground of faith and we have been purchased with the same price; we were called to the same hope and we share in the same task of revealing the life of Christ and being witnesses of God's grace for others. We are all indwelt by the same Spirit that quickened us to life and who teaches, comforts and guides us everyday as we open our hearts and minds to His gentle and constant voice.
We cannot exist apart from the Lord, and we cannot exist apart from communion with one another. Christ indwells each member of His church; this is why we can meet and accept all believers as we ourselves have been met and accepted by the Lord Himself. Living with the awareness of this spiritual reality helps us to love each individual and to remain humble and grateful for the opportunity to participate in the community of God's redeemed people. When we see the full image of the unity of the body of Christ and acknowledge how essential each member is for the benefit and good functioning of the whole body, we will be more ready to value and appreciate one another, to nourish and encourage every gift, and to love, support and edify in every way our brothers and sisters in Christ.
"Now ye are the body of Christ, and members individually."
(1 Corinthains 12:27)