Fitly Joined Together
December 1, 2020, 9:00 AM

from Tidings Summer 2020

Fitly Joined Together

A body has 206 bones, over 7 trillion nerves, over 650 muscles, and over 70 organs. This is not even everything that makes up our body. Although each of these components serve different purposes for our body, they are still fitly joined together. Everything still works together to make one because each individual part is strong and working properly. This allows us to do amazing things. We are able to walk, run, talk, work, and so much more. This is how we need to be spiritually. For the body of Christ to work it needs to start with the individual. We each need to have a personal relationship with Christ through salvation. We need to be converted, which is asking God to forgive you of all your sins. Then you need to get the second blessing called salvation which is asking God to come into your heart. This salvation gives you the keeping power to live a life free from sin.

Once you give your life to God, He has a plan for you. God can use the talents you have to spread His gospel. This may not even be something you consider a talent. Paul in 1 Thessalonians shares, he doesn’t consider himself great with words or being good with public speaking. However, God still asked him to preach, and Paul was able to spread the gospel with God’s help. God can use us in ways we never thought were possible. He knows what we are capable of and gives us a purpose based on that. Philippians 4:13 assures us we can do anything through Christ. We can then use our gifts and talents to serve in the body of Christ.

In the body we are bonded by the holy spirit that we share through salvation, which Paul explains to us in 1 Corinthians 12:12-13. Even though God has given us different purposes for our lives, as Ephesians 4:11-16 tells us, we are still fitly joined together. We are able to reach so many people because we are all so different and help each other in areas we may not be strong in. Ephesians 4: 11-12 tells us God gives us different jobs and it is all for the edifying of the body.

But, like anything else, the devil can use this to cause division and doubt. When we start to compare with others, we tend to become blind to our purpose because we are coveting after someone else’s. The body wouldn’t be a body if we all had the same calling in life. 1 Corinthians 12:14-18 paints a picture of what it would look like if the body was made of only one part. We need to be encouraging to one another and finding ways to help others embrace their gifts from God. 1 Corinthians 12:25 instructs us to care for one another and not cause a divide in the body. Even though we are different, we are human, and we certainly won’t agree on every little thing. We are in the body of Christ with the same goal in mind: to spread the gospel to those that are lost. So in the end it doesn’t matter what political party you agree with, what car you drive, what degree in education you obtain, or the minor opinion someone else has that you disagree with. We are all serving the same God, within the same body of Christ, working towards the same goal. Lord help us to have the determination to stay fitly joined together to do the work of the Lord and not give into the devil’s devices to create a divide causing us to stop.

- by Sis. Shelby Hagan, from Tidings Summer 2020