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Week 41 Part of the Church
July 22, 2013
Part of the Church
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you
is a part of it. And God has placed in the church
first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers,
then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping,
of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues.
- 1 Corinthians 12:28
Even though there came a time when Paul was far away from the church at Corinth, still he was constantly reminding of them of how good the Lord is. They were constantly in his prayers. His love for them were never disrupted by the distance that came between him and them. He makes it a point to be updated on what was now happening in the place. On the things he knew of the moment of the things taking place in them, he responded justly. He was their teacher and people looked to him for guidance about the word of the Lord. He taught them of the things that were once out of their knowledge and one of those matters regarded that of them being part of a body.
In the verse, Paul stated to them that they are members of a body and that body is of Christ. They are bind together by their faith in the Lord. This implies not only for the Corinthians but also for us who are fellow believers the same. Come to see the fact clearly, sometimes it is the things that makes each of us different and how we use our own abilities for a common purpose that builds an organization up. Everyone of us is different in some point but we all have our own ways. We all have our own personal characteristics and by using the talents we have, we can make it to the goal of making a productive and better outcome. Our skills may vary but it never is enough that we may see matters inconveniently. Rather we make it right that we may serve through what we do best for the people that is benefited by it.
There are levels by which the church sees the work there are in the Lord. Some are higher than others but still they work in the same purpose of glorifying the Lord. The first is the apostles. There are twelve apostles and the apostle Paul is one of them. They were those by which had an intimate relationship with the Lord that they all had spoken to him in a matter of conversation. The second are the prophets. The old testament is filled with many prophets whom the Lord spoke with for the people. They were those who obeyed the Lord even though it meant not of a convenient outcome in human standard. The third are the teachers. Pastors, evangelists and missionaries are some examples. They teach the people who aren’t much acquainted with the Lord about the good news that is his son Jesus Christ. Next are the miracles by which with man, this is impossible but with God anything is possible. To be able to witness one would be an awe to be astounded for. The healings, of helping, of guidance and of different kinds of tongues would be in line then.
You are unique and that is a fact worth noting of. There are no other you in this world. There may be some who may look like you but they can never be the same as you are now. Each have their own features they can be proud of. The same goes with our talents.There is always somewhere we can be of service for. You may be good in encouraging and so you can help others get a boost of esteem for the road ahead. The ministry welcomes an extra hand. There is some work to be done and some help is appreciated and it more often vary. We just have to find and ask the Lord for it.