Friday, September 2, 2016

MANY MEMBERS IN ONE BODY - John Fredericksen

Scripture Reading: Romans 12:4-5

There has always been a natural human tendency for people to exalt themselves over others. This is true even among believers. It often begins with an attitude of superiority, but it can quickly degenerate into cruel actions which convey the idea to others that they are unimportant.

To combat such a problem among the Roman believers, the Holy Spirit inspired the Apostle Paul to pen the instructions found in Romans chapter twelve. First, they must see themselves properly. Especially among those of the Roman empire, there was a pattern of judging men according to their rank, wealth, or eloquence (just as many do today-adding "appearance" to the list). But one need "not think of himself more highly than he ought to think" if he recognizes all blessings being sovereignly given to him. Even spiritual gifts (or abilities) are given to us by God. There is no room then for inflated egos over these things.

Next, they must see others properly-and this is the key. God would have them understand that every believer is important. In the human body, there are many members of the body, but each one serves a vital role. The eyes are capable of seeing; but without feet to move and hands to grasp an object, the body can not function properly. Each member serves a vital role, is as important as the other, and effects the whole. So it is in the Body of Christ. Seeing ourselves as being individual members of one Body and dependant upon one another is God's cure for conceited thinking.

Has someone in your assembly been made to feel less important than others? Then share these truths with those who need them, and demonstrate your appreciation for those less esteemed by inviting them to your home for fellowship.

Dispensational Chart

How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4

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