It is an amazing privilege to be part of the body of Christ. Paul used the image of a physical human body to describe how members of the universal church should work together to care for one another. He makes the observation that, “God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.”. (1Corinthians 12:24-25) Have you considered that part of your responsibility as part of God’s family is to take care of others in the body of Christ? Giving was not the only way in which people cared for one another, yet we see this principle illustrated early on in the book of Acts. Some who could sell some of their properties or belongings did so to help others in need. We see it in a larger scale in that there was a collection for the saints in Jerusalem where some even gave out of their poverty. (2 Corinthians 8:1-4) We read in 2 Corinthians 8 that the saints that exercised self sacrificial giving gave themselves to the Lord first. Something special happens when we do that.
Paul concluded, “you are the body of Christ and individually members of it” (1 Corinthians 12:26-27 ESV). We should ask ourselves, “What is my part in the body of Christ? How do I contribute to the Great Commission through the ministries of Grace Baptist Church? How can I get involved in taking care of others where God has directed me to serve?” All of these questions will be answered differently by each one of you. The question is, are you willing to get involved in some way? Pray and ask the Lord how you should serve him and let the leadership of Grace Baptist Church equip you for the work of the ministry.