Wednesday Weekly- May 13, 2020

Wednesday Weekly Devotional

by Pastor Taylor Sexton

1 Corinthians 12:25-26

“… so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” 

Have you ever been a part of something that you knew was bigger and greater then yourself? Maybe you have been on a sports team or have sung in a large choir. Or, maybe you have volunteered for a great organization or been a part of a theatre production. Whatever you may be thinking of right now I believe that these ‘greater then self’ activities can provide us with some insight into Paul’s words here. I am reminded of my high school football team and the strong bond we formed with one another. When someone failed we all failed and when someone made a great play the whole team succeeded. If there were issues between teammates it impacted the performance of the whole team. We needed one another to succeed and were better together. 

One of the greatest gifts we receive from God when we receive salvation is that we become part of the greater body of Christ. As we are united with Christ so to are we united with fellow believers in our Church, in our city, in our country, and around the world. We are in it together. We are with our fellow believers when they are celebrating and we are with them when they are suffering. 

I don’t know about you, but I am seeing a great deal of amazing things during these times and an immense amount of suffering. As followers of Jesus we must exist within this tension that the body of Christ is feeling. We must be thankful for and celebrate all of the good that people are doing for one another right now. We must also mourn and lament the immense losses our world is experiencing in these times. We must celebrate the generosity of our community as many helped raise thousands of dollars for clean water this past weekend. We must also seek to continue to raise awareness and fight for the most vulnerable in our communities. 

Last week much of the country was made aware of the death of Ahmaud Arbery. Ahmaud, an unarmed African American man, who is the latest of too many innocent African American people, whose lives have been unjustly taken by senseless and blatant violence. Sisters and brothers the sins of oppression and racism both visible and invisible are still prevalent in communities. Our family, our body, is suffering and we must all come together to support and walk alongside our family. We must also use our voices, our resources, our time, and our privilege to continue to fight against the injustices in our world. This is Kingdom work; this is the call of the body of Christ. 

Today may you live knowing that you are a part of something greater then yourself. May you know that you are not alone, but that you have a place in the body of Christ. May you also live out Paul’s calling on us to see others as part of our own body and to suffer with those who are suffering and rejoice with those who are rejoicing.