Time Alone with God daily devotionals

Time Alone with God daily devotionals

Written by Pastor Phil Stout, Lead Pastor of JAXNAZ CHURCH

Monday, October 10

Read: 1 Corinthians 12:12-14

1 Corinthians 12:12-14
New International Version (NIV)

Unity and Diversity in the Body
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by[a] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

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Consider: The Corinthian church was a deeply troubled church. They were a divided and quarreling people. There was gross sexual immorality in their leadership. It was the kind of church you and I would run from. We’d be out of there as quickly as possible to go and find another church across town. But, of course, in that day there weren’t various churches around town. If you were a believer, you had access to only one Christian community. So I’m sure when people left the Corinthian church, they left the faith. In many ways the church at Corinth was doing more harm than good.

So when Paul wrote to the church, he did so with a mixture of sadness, frustration, anger and discipline. But at the root of his two Corinthian letters was his desire for them to understand. He wanted them to understand the gospel and the church—to understand with their lives and not simply with their minds.

To deal with their divisions, Paul reminded them that theologically, organically and spiritually they were one. They certainly weren’t living as one. But they were one. They were a body that was tearing itself apart.

Self-destruction is not a natural state for a physical body. Our bodies were created in such a manner that the health of the parts gives health to the whole and the health of the whole gives health to the parts. The parts cannot stand independent of the whole. Christ didn’t send his Spirit to fill my arm. He sent his Spirit to fill my body. He didn’t breathe life into my leg. He breathed life into my body.

But it goes further. This organic, spiritual body is not a description of any one of us. It is the description of all of us.

“Now you (plural) are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (12:27)

Pray: “Lord, you have not called me to independence. You called me to inter-dependence. You called the church to strengthen me and you called me—as a part of your body—to strengthen the church. Show me how—through my prayers, my words, my actions, my love and my passion—I can strengthen your body.”

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