THE RESPONSIBILITY OF BELONGING

NOTE: THIS ARTICLE is a reprint from the blog of reverend Kevin Rogers of New Song Church in Windsor, Ontario and is reproduced here for your convenience. You can visit the his blog called "The Orphan Age" HERE.

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The world simultaneously tells you that you are number one and then that you are cosmically insignificant.

 

If we are to see through the world’s inflated sense of self-exaltation and self-shaming, we need a humble way of understanding who we are.

 

“To bring the communal aspect of salvation to life means a reorien­tation of our minds and wills from self-serving to community-serving.”[1]

 

Romans 12:

God’s Grace Has Been Given To Me. So Here Is What I Say To Every One Of You. Don’t Think Of Yourself More Highly Than You Should. Be Reasonable When You Think About Yourself. Keep In Mind The Faith God Has Given To Each Of You. Each Of Us Has One Body With Many Parts. And The Parts Do Not All Have The Same Purpose. So Also, We Are Many Persons. But In Christ We Are One Body. And Each Part Of The Body Belongs To All The Other Parts. We All Have Gifts. They Differ According To The Grace God Has Given To Each Of Us. Do You Have The Gift Of Prophecy? Then Use It According To The Faith You Have. If Your Gift Is Serving, Then Serve. If It Is Teaching, Then Teach. Is It Encouraging Others? Then Encourage Them. Is It Giving To Others? Then Give Freely. Is It Being A Leader? Then Work Hard At It. Is It Showing Mercy? Then Do It Cheerfully.

 

 

What we all must wrestle with is our inclination to think arrogantly in ways that disconnect us from the family of God.

 

Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought. Many philosophers urged a sound view of oneself based on one’s role in the larger universe; Paul urges believers to consider their roles in Christ’s body.[2]

 

It’s the nature of a living sacrifice to love God and live in a meaningful way with others.

 

Warren Wiersbe said, “If the world controls our thinking, we are conformers; if God controls our thinking, we are transformers. If we copy the behavior and customs of the world, we become a cheap imitation; if we let God transform us into new persons, we will be original creations of His! God transforms our minds and makes us spiritually minded by using His Word.”[3]

 

Paul outlines the diversity that creates an essential unity. Various body parts with significant functions, purposefully living in a way that gives and receives life from the other parts.

 

Charles Stanley said this; “God is never pleased when someone says, “I love Jesus, but I don’t need the church.” No Christian has ever been called to “go it alone” in his or her walk of faith. We need one another and should serve and support each other with love and gladness.”[4]

 

In Paul’s brief list of the varied ways that people get involved and help each other, it becomes apparent that we all can do something that six other people cannot do as effectively or in our place. It’s up to you, the Holy Spirit, and some helpful discussions to get functioning maturely as part of Jesus’ body in the world. The starting point is always with you making yourself available to God and present with his people.

This interdependence is not a weakness, but a gift from God. As we are being saved by God, we become more integrated with one another.[5]

 

As we grow in the likeness of Jesus and unity with one another, we will encounter many challenges to keep us apart, avoiding depth and quietly distrusting the grace at work in our brother or sister.

 

Let’s keep returning to God’s goodness as the foundation for a meaningful life. Let’s keep learning to help each other more.

 

 



[1] Theology of Work Bible Commentary ©2014 by The Theology of Work Project, Inc.

[2] NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible ©2016 by Zondervan

[3] NKJV Wiersbe Study Bible ©2021 by Thomas Nelson. All Rights Reserved

[4] NASB Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Bible Notes

[5] Theology of Work Bible Commentary ©2014 by The Theology of Work Project, Inc.

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