by Carol Taylor

(Note:  The following article was inspired by a recent class in “Experiencing God:  Knowing and Doing the Will of God;” Blackaby, H.T. & King, C.V. (1990). Experiencing God. Nashville, TN: LifeWay Press)

If everyone did things my way…what a mess…and praise God, we don’t!  First Corinthians 12 tells us the Holy Spirit enables each member and each enabling is given for the common good!  Each member has a role in the body of Christ (Galatians 6:1-5).  God’s word tells us to rejoice in our differences!  Rejoice in what each of us uniquely contributes to the body of Christ.  Just as Richard Greer (Richard was seriously injured in a work-related accident and was not able to walk for one year) has coped with legs that weren’t working just right, so the body of Christ struggles when one member isn’t working just right.  To be a noncontributing member, puts the effectiveness of the body in jeopardy.  God put you here at SBBC for a reason.  Prayerfully consider your role in the body of Christ and how God desires for you to contribute to spreading the good news!

You may ask, “How do we ensure each member of the body is working at his or her best?”  When each member is in a right relationship with God; pursuing an authentic intimate ongoing fellowship with Him.  If you have questions about how to do this, speak with Pastor Vaughan, Pastor Jones, or another spiritual giant.

Every week, Pastor Steve encourages us to pray for one another.  Pray for each other to walk intimately with the Lord, not just for an hour or two on Sunday morning but earnestly seek His Presence throughout the week and have some meaningful, intimate time with Him.  Pray that each of us strive to know and fulfill the role God designed us to complete.

In addition to individually fulfilling the role God has designed us for, we must also learn to function as a unified body with Christ as the Head.  His indwelling presence can teach us and help us.  Just as our physical bodies do not take votes, ignore conflicting senses or choose to listen only to one sense and ignore the others; likewise, SBBC will function at its best when everyone shares what they sense God wants our church to be and do.  Ultimately, the glory goes to Our King, as a watching world sees Him in action through our unity and productivity as we share God’s word, show God’s love, and shape God’s people.  Pray for specific ways God may want our church to act more like the body of Christ – even though it may be costly, we may have to honor others above ourselves or sacrifice our pride (see Romans 12:9 – 21).

In closing, “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give us a spirit of unity among ourselves as we follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth we may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:5-6