Tuesday, December 22, 2015

All about we

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27
There is a much larger context to life than just living for oneself. A self-focused life is frustrated and unable to reach its full potential. Its demanding ways marginalizes wise counsel and only attracts insecure individuals. However, those who pray for what’s best for the whole, become whole. Everyone is honored in an environment where individual contributions are valued. “We not me” is the vocabulary of those who honor each other.
Every disciple of Christ is stronger when they are connected to other disciples of Christ. Isolation contributes to spiritual impotence, but community gives spiritual life and power. Encouragement and accountability are exalted in relationships that serve what’s best for the group. A leader who serves the team, sees other team members serve well. A man who serves his family, experiences a family that serves each other. “We overcomes me” with unselfish service.
Our spiritual birth engrafted us as a member of Christ’s body. We cannot detach an appendage of the Lord’s, any more than a member of our physical body can be disassociated from the other body parts. So, we pray for those around us who know Christ and we get to know each other. There is a joy of being known and knowing others who love Him. Life that is truly life is lived in the margins with those submitted to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Are you motivated first by “He”, second by “we” and lastly by “me”? If so, you are set up for relational fulfillment. The sequence for successful thinking is Him, them and you. “Me” will try to squeeze in and monopolize relationships, cannibalize conversations and hijack heaven’s agenda. Thus, by God’s grace, put to death the “me monster” and replace it with love for the Lord and people. “We not me” is the motto of mature disciples.

Our Prayer:  Lord always allow me to see the big picture and that I am a part of a plan and purpose that is bigger than myself, and in need of those around me to help fulfill.  Let me appreciate all the unique parts of the body that you have assembled in the body of Christ Amen.

Pastor Todd A. Brown
First Baptist of Chesterbrook
and Independent Travel Agent "Travel by Todd"

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