21 It would be wrong for the eye to say to the hand, “I don’t need you,” and equally wrong if the head said to the foot, “I don’t need you.”
1 Corinthians 12:20-22, The Passion Translation
Whether we feel we belong to the family of God comes down to our attitude, energy and focus. The Apostle Paul tells us that our feelings of entitlement often cause us to put false expectations on others. This can easily lead to resentment and tension. We may then use the excuse of not getting along with certain people to leave the church. The sad part is that it is naive to think we won’t confront similar issues in the next church we attend.
The truth is we don’t need a new church as much as we need a new heart. It is because we are lacking in love that we see so many broken people in church. Instead of seeing differences as trigger points to break fellowship, we need to return to the gospel.
The believers in Corinth were either hypocritical or hypercritical. Instead of condemning them, Paul helped them to rediscover their true identity in Christ and what it means for them to live authentically as a community of believers.
If we believe we belong to Christ, then we belong to each other because we are each part of His body. When we understand the reality of this truth, we will discover the grace to contribute to the well-being of our church in many ways. Moreover, we won’t treat other churches as competitors or even rivals. Instead, we are fully persuaded to pray for their success and breakthroughs in doing the Lord’s work in our city and beyond. In doing so, God will put us and hold us together for His larger plan, which is to ensure the good news of the Kingdom of God is heard by all. Then the whole world will know us by our love.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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