Do We Really Need Each Other?

March 2019: A Word From Dr. Stanley

If you’re a Christian, every week you probably do what believers have been doing for the last 2,000 years—you go to church. And if you were raised the way I was, you’ve been doing this since early childhood. But have you ever felt that you are needed by those who attend with you? Would it matter to anyone if you just stopped going?

Every member of the body of Christ has a function, and no job is unimportant.

Feeling insignificant is not a new problem in the church. There were some people in the Corinthian church who felt they had little to offer, compared with others who seemed more gifted (1 Corinthians 12:12-27). They didn’t feel qualified to serve because, in their opinion, there was always someone else who could do it better. Is that how you sometimes feel? You hear of a need but you look at yourself and think, Oh, I could never do that.

The truth is that every member of the body of Christ has a function, and no job is unimportant. God places each Christian in a local church with intention and purpose. What’s more, He has given every believer a spiritual gift with which to serve. If one member doesn’t use his or her gift, then the entire body suffers as a result.

You are needed by the people in your church, and you need them as well. My prayer is that through these devotions, you will learn more about this amazing entity known as the church and recognize the importance—and blessing—of being an integral part of it.

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12 For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.

13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

14 For the body is not one member, but many.

15 If the foot says, Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body," it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body.

16 And if the ear says, Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body," it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body.

17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?

18 But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired.

19 If they were all one member, where would the body be?

20 But now there are many members, but one body.

21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you"; or again the head to the feet, I have no need of you."

22 On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary;

23 and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable,

24 whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked,

25 so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.

26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

27 Now you are Christ's body, and individually members of it.

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