What does the word ‘community’ mean to you?
Of course, it can mean many things; our neighbourhood, our friends, our colleagues at work, our classmates at school. I could go on. But to the New Testament church, it was so much more.
In Acts 2:42–47 we read how the early church truly did life together; they sold possessions, they cared for those less fortunate, they shared meals and testimonies with one another. The early church truly came together as one.
This truth should challenge and inspire us today. It should challenge us to share our lives, to care for one another, to share the testimony of what Jesus has done for us with one another. In other words, it should challenge us to be the body of Christ. In a body, all the different parts need to work together for the body to function effectively. No matter what role that part of the body plays, every part is needed to work effectively.
We are reminded of this truth in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31. In particular, verse 12 reminds us: “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” In other words, as believers we are the body of Christ, and we all bring something different to the table. We all bring unique skills, abilities and passions to our church family, and our differences compliment and challenge one another.
Can I ask you: How are you contributing to the family? Do you share your skills, abilities and passions with your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ? Are you missing from the body?