‘He did this to make all parts of the body work together smoothly, with each part caring about the others.’ 1 Corinthians 12:25 CEV
When it comes to finding a church home, your options are unlimited. Traditional, contemporary, you name it—you can probably find it! But your individual place in the Body of Christ is another matter entirely; that’s not determined by you, but by God.
The Bible says, ‘By one Spirit we are all baptised into one body.’ (1 Corinthians 12:13 NKJV) When you accept Jesus as your Saviour you become a member of His redeemed family and a ‘miracle of placement’ takes place in you. It isn’t a choice you get to make; it’s God’s choice—and it determines your spiritual identity.
Paul says: ‘By one Spirit we were all baptised into one body. Whether we are Jewish or Greek, slave or free, God gave all of us one Spirit.’ (1 Corinthians 12:13 GWT) That means anybody anywhere in the world who names Jesus as their Saviour and Lord is more connected to you than your hand is to your wrist. And you have a role to play in relation to each and every one of them. God not only placed you in His Body, He determined your unique role when He arranged ‘the parts… just as He wanted them to be.’ (1 Corinthians 12:18 NIV) He also gave you certain ‘gifts’, and He expects you to use them to fulfil His purposes (see Romans 12:6–8). When you ask God to show you your gifts, He will. And when He does, you must take every opportunity to use them for His glory.
SoulFood: Eze 34–36, Luke 22:1–13, Ps 78:56–64, Pro 20:25
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023