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. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 KJV
I did an exercise once with the kiddos at a church picnic to depict the body of Christ. I was prepared for however many children we would have from hair, ears, eyes, nose, eyebrows, neck, etc… Even down to fingernails and right thumbnail if I needed to get so detailed if we would have so many children. The thing is, I wanted the kiddos to know from a young age that there is room! There is room for each and every individual in the body of Christ without anyone taking another person’s “spot”. For the life of me, I don’t know why there is any competition in the church. Ever.
I was chatting with a friend from another church and she was distraught. She had been given the title of “Co-Director” for her church’s VBS (Vacation Bible School) and some of her co-facilitators took issue with her title and lanyard having two extra stars which coincided with her title. She shared that because of their comments, she began to feel like she no longer had the “joy of the Lord” and even asked God if she still had His joy living inside of her heart.
This saddened me.
We as a body of Christ should never do this to one another.
I sometimes watch YouTube Preacher/Pastors and I have lately had to stop/pull away because, honestly, it has been more of the same. Many of the Christian YouTubers are putting other Christian YouTubers down. I don’t profess to watch all of them or know all of their doctrinal teachings or practices, however, aren’t we all one body? Don’t we all follow One Jesus? Don’t we all believe that there is one heaven? There is enough persecution of the Church from the world, we should not be putting one another down. We need to unite as One Body in Christ in love especially in these dark and trying times. We need one another and the world needs us. We need to share God’s love with the world. We need to let God’s light shine through us. The world does enough bickering and fighting. There’s honestly no place for in God’s elect.
*Original Image by Kaybee05 🤍🌸