"Church should be like potluck, you share a little of what you've got, I'll share a little of what I've got, and we'll all learn and grow from each other."
A friend recently shared that thought with me when we were talking about church family and ministry. Sometimes we forget the importance of fellowship with others, and the love and support of our church family. And sometimes, we forget that we are also that family and it is our responsibility to provide that love and support, as much as it is our blessing to receive it.
This morning I opened my Bible to do my daily reading, intending to look up scriptures to go with this post later, and the very first verse I read was Psalm 133:1 (KJV), which says "1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"
Each of us has a different purpose within our church family, and we all serve different roles, roles which God has set for us. Our job is to fulfill those responsibilities to the best of our ability, relying on God to lift us up and strengthen us, to carry us through, but also to lift up and strengthen each other, relying on our church family for strength and support.
The entire 12th chapter of 1 Corinthians is a phenomenal picture of a church family, and how it should function, that every member is an important part of the body and each has a role to play, but these key verses leapt out at me today.
1 Corinthians 12:12-26
12 For 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.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
14 For the body is not one member, but many.
15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked.
25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.