12/17/21014                 

Romans 12:4-5 “4 For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

It is no accident that Paul follows up on reminding us not to think more highly of ourselves than we should by reminding us that we are designed to function within the body of believers.   While there have always been those who have rejected the concept of corporate worship, the idea of “I worship on my own because all organized religion is bad,” has exploded.  

Somewhere along the way, isolated faith became “true” form of following Christ, and bashing organized religion suddenly made you sound intellectual.  The truth of the matter is, it makes you sound like a fool.  Christ refers to the church as His bride.  He instructs the disciples to bear one another’s burdens and to pray for one another.  He instructed them to gather together to receive the Holy Spirit.  Through Paul, God reveals that believers must function as part of a body and not autonomously.  

The church is not perfect, yet bodies rarely are.  The answer is not to declare that bodies are bad and should be abandoned, but to seek out your calling that Christ may use you to bring health, hope and peace to others and in turn, use others to bring these things to you.