Devotional

“Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work. And live peacefully with each other.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:13.

Think back on some of your favorite memories. In most cases, they were probably the best life moments because of the people involved. Let’s face it, life is better with people who care. Life is not meant to be lived on our own. We need other people to share this life with us. God created us as social beings. We were not meant to live isolated, disconnected lives.   

Christians and Christian families need each other to grow in their Christian faith. “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:27) If it is just Jesus and you, you will never grow into the person God wants you to be. We need each other to grow in our Christian faith.

1 Corinthians 12:24-26 says, “while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.”  Paul argues that every member of the body is necessary. There are no exceptions. Those body parts that are deemed weaker, less honorable, or less visible, are all critically important.

Paul tells us how these relationships should look. “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” (Colossians 3:12). Colossians 3:15 adds, “And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”

Years ago, the Lone Ranger was a fixture on TV.  The Lone Ranger was a resourceful, smart, and courageous person, but in every episode he needed the help of townspeople, a posse, and certainly Tonto to take on the bad guys. God has provided for every possible need we could have on this earth through His Word and His people, and the church. If we are going to take on the bad guys, we will need other believer’s help and they will need our help.  That is because God built us, not only to need Him, but to need each other.

God wants us to be one with Him and with each other because He created us to be with others—we need each other.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Do you ever wonder if you really need to go to church or spend time with other believers? What are the consequences for you trying to live for God on your own? What are the consequences for the body when you make that choice?
  2. You are part of the body of Christ.  What is your role in the body?