Be Active (#cmdevo #Godsgifts)
Read Ephesians 4:4 & Hebrews 3:1
As Christians, it is easy to separate ourselves into smaller communities, instead of acting like part of the (little “c”) catholic church. The word “catholic” means universal, and this is exactly what the church is called to be. In Ephesians 4:1-8, Paul emphasizes the oneness of the body of Christ, concluding there is “one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
I often thing of myself in terms of the discussion group I’m in or the student ministry I lead - the people I interact with on Sunday mornings and through the week. But while it is good to have smaller communities within the church that we can rely on and have as a home base, we have to remember that it is important to reach out. We cannot divide ourselves and think only of our women’s ministry or discussion group, or even just our local church. We are all “holy partners in a heavenly calling,” and we have so much to learn from each other (Hebrews 3:1).
Take advantage of the universal community God has given us. You have much to learn from it, and much to contribute. Paul tells us that as the church, “we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,” and that success and growth comes “when each part is working properly.” So next Sunday, challenge yourself to reach out and “grow up in” the Body of Christ. Connect with someone that you never have before. Reach out to someone who is in a different place in life than you are. That might mean connecting with a student who needs a role model, or a woman who has been married for twenty years. Even the person you think has the least to offer you in guidance might show you a side of life you never expected; every person you encounter has the imprint of the image of God. Be an active member of your church - the church - and you will give and receive more than you ever though possible.
Devotional Series: God’s Gifts by Color Movement(#cmdevo #godsgifts)
Posted by: Katlyn // Personal // Color Movement