Keys to the Kingdom
Deb's Blog on some of the things she learned at the As One Conference in Florida
Everybody matters and it is important to include and value all of us who make up the "Body of Christ". And even the future members! They need us the most to be an example of who we represent! Jesus
I Corinthians 12:12-18
You can easily enough see how this kind of thing works by looking no further than your own body. Your body has many parts—limbs, organs, cells—but no matter how many parts you can name, you’re still one body. It’s exactly the same with Christ. By means of his one Spirit, we all said good-bye to our partial and piecemeal lives. We each used to independently call our own shots, but then we entered into a large and integrated life in which he has the final say in everything. (This is what we proclaimed in word and action when we were baptized.) Each of us is now a part of his resurrection body, refreshed and sustained at one fountain—his Spirit—where we all come to drink. The old labels we once used to identify ourselves—labels like Jew or Greek, slave or free—are no longer useful. We need something larger, more comprehensive.
I want you to think about how all this makes you more significant, not less. A body isn’t just a single part blown up into something huge. It’s all the different-but-similar parts arranged and functioning together. If Foot said, “I’m not elegant like Hand, embellished with rings; I guess I don’t belong to this body,” would that make it so? If Ear said, “I’m not beautiful like Eye, limpid and expressive; I don’t deserve a place on the head,” would you want to remove it from the body? If the body was all eye, how could it hear? If all ear, how could it smell? As it is, we see that God has carefully placed each part of the body right where he wanted it.
How we got inspired to lock our shields together and look for others to join our tribe of influence.
Why is it important to lock your shields with good people? So you can conquer more territory! Do you seek out friends and colleagues who will go the distance with you to impact others in your little sphere of influence? We all wear different hats that represent our different personalities and giftings. When we join forces together it creates a force that is unstoppable!