We ought to see each other as brothers & sisters. We all have the same Father, we died to the law through the body of Christ that we might belong to one another.
So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. Romans 7:4
What a powerful section of God’s Word is the book of Romans! So much good teaching & so many memory verses! I love the way a verse stands out to you & the Holy Spirit stirs your heart to unpack it. I’ve been really wanting to make sure our church is a healthy community this year, and this verse highlighted some things. In Romans 7:4 says, “So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.”
We ought to see each other as brothers & sisters. We all have the same Father, we died to the law through the body of Christ that we might belong to one another. What does it mean to belong to one another? It means that we care about each others needs, we check up on each other, we share meals together, we support each other, we celebrate together & we also suffer together.
This makes me think about the new addition to our family. We are pleased to announce that Princess the Cat has joined the Prater family for a couple of months as a favour to our neighbour. Up until a month ago it was just us Praters at home looking after each other. Now we have Princess who takes up a lot of the focus in our house. We feed her, clean out her litter, she loves cuddles & being brushed. And she regularly get’s loved on by our 7 year old who can’t keep away from her. She snuck out of the house and was missing for 2 days over the weekend! We searched for her & called for her but the Prodigal cat was in hiding… Then, on Sunday night I heard a meow at the door! Princess was lost, but now she was found, amazing Grace how sweet the sound! We all rejoiced at her return, because she’s one of us now. We belong to one another. Some may think this analogy is actually flawed because we look after her & she does nothing for us but stroll around like she owns the place! But she does add so many things. We all have a common interest in her, we love the cuddles & the comfort she brings, she’s beautiful to look at, and according to research, pets are really good for us psychologically. I think God had a great plan in mind when he made cats, and an even better plan when he made dogs… Selah.
The last part of this verse that really spoke to me was, “that we might bear fruit for God.” I always like to reflect on the year that was & count my blessings & also do an audit on my life. We need to ask questions like: Did I bear fruit this year? Did I grow in my faith? Am I fulfilling my calling & my purpose? So much of the scriptures point us toward us bearing much fruit. One of the keys in this verse is, “So that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.” Romans 7:4. Belonging to one another & to Christ, helps us bear fruit for God. We are created to bear fruit. We all have gifts and callings, God’s grace not only saves us, but empowers us to bear much fruit. Let’s pray for a fruitful end to this year & an even more fruitful new year!
Lord, thank you for the heart you’ve given me for princess. Give me your heart for your people, that we might belong to one another. Help me bear much fruit for you. In Jesus name. Amen.