All One Body We

All one bodyFor as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.” (1 Corinthians 12:12)

My husband and I like to tease each other that we are both “missing parts” 🙂 I have had my gallbladder removed (cholecystectomy), and he had his thyroid removed (thyroidectomy) – the suffix “-ectomy” is from the Greek word for the “act of cutting out”. Now, our bodies still function, but not as well as they would if we still had all our parts. There are some things that our head (or our mind) might want to do, but we just can’t (at least not without taking medication!)…

I find it fascinating that the Lord refers to His Church as the “Body of Christ”, and that every born-again believer is a “member” of that Body. The word “member” means “a part belonging to a whole”! Isn’t that wonderful?! Christ is the Head, and we are the Body – we are to work together in harmony to accomplish whatever our Head asks us to do. Every member has their specific job as it pleased the Lord to determine – just like the human body has hands, feet, eyes, ears, noses (1 Corinthians 15-18). So, when one member is not working properly, or has “cut out” entirely, the Body of Christ will still function, but not to its fullest potential.

This makes me think that I don’t want to be the one that causes the body to be dysfunctional. But, I know that when I am in sin, and am ignoring the Holy Spirit’s leading in my life and going my own way – someone else has to fill in where I “cut out”. Or, I may have to fill in sometimes where others have “cut out”, and then I get overwhelmed because I can’t keep up with it all. (I know, sometimes we take on unnecessary stuff in our lives and then we can’t accomplish the necessary!)

However, when the Body of Christ works together and everyone is doing what God has called them to do, it is a beautiful thing!! I know – I’ve seen it happen many times at my own Church!

You know how, when you stub your toe, your whole body reacts – your mouth yells, your hand grabs your toe, your body jumps up and down?? Or, when you hear some beautiful music and your eyes fill with tears, you may get goosebumps all over your body, and you feel warm and fuzzy inside?? Well, as a Body, we weep when other member weep, and we rejoice with them when they rejoice.

And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.” (1 Corinthians 12:26)

So, as you go to Church, as you pray for other believers, as you go about serving and ministering – remember, we are all one body, and we are doing it all for our Head, the LORD Jesus Christ, that He may be glorified through us.

Let’s remember Whose body we belong to, and let’s take care of that body

~Graced and Grateful Grammy

 Like a mighty army moves the Church of God;

Brothers, we are treading where the Saints have trod.

We are not divided; All one body we:

One in hope and doctrine, One in charity.”

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Whose House is it Anyway?

churchAnd he built there an altar, and called the place Elbethel: because there God appeared unto him…” Genesis 35:7

Dear Reader:

Did you hear about the mother who took her 10 children to Chuck E Cheese’s to celebrate her 5-year old daughter’s birthday, and only brought 9 children home, leaving the birthday girl behind? AND, she didn’t even notice the girl missing until the next morning, by which time she was in the custody of Child Protective Services! Talk about having a party and forgetting who it was for!

Whose Birthday was it anyway?

You say, I’d never do that!

But do you?  … Do I?

Every Sunday, we go to Church. We sing. We pray. We read our Bibles together. We listen to God’s Word being preached. We talk with fellow believers…

But do we forget Who we are there to Worship?

I confess, sometimes I do!

Sometimes I get so busy about the “business” of Church, that I forget the Reason I am there!

Our Pastor reminded us of this in a recent sermon about Jacob. In Genesis chapter 28, Jacob had met with God when he saw his famous ladder, and he said “surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not” (verse 16). So he built an altar there and called the place Bethel – which means ‘house of God’ (‘El’ means God). So, a few chapters later, in chapter 35, Jacob had sort of forgotten about God, and gone back to his old deceitful ways of doing things, and it hadn’t turned out well. And God, in His great mercy and grace, called to Jacob to go back to Bethel. Back to the place where he had met with the Lord before. So that he could draw nigh to Him again, and get his life back in order. Jacob goes back to Bethel, and he builds another altar, and he renames it “El-beth-El”, which means ‘the GOD of the house of God’. You see, he forgot about the God that he was supposed to be worshiping and following. And when he came back to God, God reminded him of His promises to him.

Dear reader, do you find yourself going through the motions of devotions? Do you find yourself just ‘doing church’?

Sometimes I do too!

We need to get back to ‘the GOD of the house of God’ – El-Beth-El, and “draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you” (James 4:8). Let Him remind you of all of His promises to you. He loves you, He will always be with you, He will never let you be plucked from His hand, He will guide and teach you, He will give you strength. And much more!

Then we can “worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness” (Psalm 96:9) and “true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him” (John 4:23).

Remember ‘the GOD of the house of God’ the next time you are in His house.

~Graced and Grateful Grammy

God’s house is GOD’S house