I was reading in 1 Corinthians 12 about Christ’s body. Together, we are his body and we each have a part to add. Are we still stuck on which parts are more important? Every part is important! Each of us adds what no other part can. In Ephesians 4 we are also told that each part is nourished directly by the head, Jesus. We each receive and we each have Christ himself to share! Our church is vertical when each of us is vertical. We are the church and as we each step up in receiving from the Lord and giving to each other we are built up in love.
We so often think that our part is not the one that makes all the difference. I beg to differ. God has placed us in the body just where he wants us and asks us to do all we can in his strength. When we do … well, lets just say the results will rock you!
So with due respect for the mouth, eyes, hands and feet; where and how do us elbows, knees, shoulders and toes add value? Right where we are and with the working that comes from God. This Sunday and next we’ll look at the Old Testament person of Jonathan to see what that can look like. This week we will consider “Leading from where you are.” Why not take some time to reflect on just where you are? Do you believe God can use you where you are? Does something have to change for that to happen? Are you willing to come with a submissive spirit to the Word in order for that to happen? I’m praying you will and I will too. This week our worship is from the Vertical Church Worship CD. See the set list here. Have you signed up for the bus tour to Hamilton for the Vertical Church tour? Check that out here. See you Sunday!