Aug. 19 - The Body of Christ, Part 1
“How much money do you make?” “How much do you weigh?”
“What’s your age?”
“Who did you vote for?”
“Boxers or briefs?”
Depending on the context of the conversation and your relationship to the person asking the question, a lot of us may respond to these questions in the same way. We might bristle and say, “Hey, that’s personal!” but what we really mean is, “That’s none of your business,” or, “That’s private!”
On Sunday, Greg explained how we can tell the difference between “personal” and “private."
Personal does not mean private.
Personal must be particular and knowable. You might feel a personal attachment to your iPhone, but it can’t know you back. A personal relationship takes two people or parties to know each other. You may feel like you have a personal relationship with Beyoncé because you've followed her entire career but, I’m sorry, she doesn’t know the first thing about you.
The bible teaches us that God is a personal God. He wants to be actively involved in our lives. He is particular, knowable, and available for a personal relationship. Exodus 33:11 tells us that “The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.” The Lord desires for us to make ourselves available to Him, so we can have that same relationship with him too.
1 Corinthians 12:27 All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.
Our relationship with our Father is personal, but it shouldn’t be private. Don't hide your relationship with Christ! God doesn’t want people to be surprised when they learn we are Christians; they should be able to tell by the way we live our lives. By witnessing your faith and love for the Lord, others may be drawn to Him too! Each of us individually is a part of the body of Christ. God calls us to work together to complete his work here on Earth. Do your best to be a contributing member of that body!