Once again we address the issue “why should I be a part of the church if I am a Christian?” We have already discussed how we as the church are the body of Christ, that the New Testament commands and presupposes that we will live out our faith together as we encourage one another to live for Christ but there is more….
I kind of feel like a used car salesman when I say, “That’s not all! Look there is more!” but it is true. We need to realize that Christians can accomplish far more together than we can apart! Take a look with me at 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 it says, “Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit (referring to the Holy Spirit). There are different ministries, but the same Lord. And there are different activities, but the same God activates each gift in each person. A demonstration of the Spirit is given to each person to produce what is beneficial: To one is given a message of wisdom through the Spirit, to another, a message of knowledge by the same Spirit, to another, faith by the same Spirit, to another, gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another, the performing of miracles, to another, prophecy, to another, distinguishing between spirits, to another, different kinds of languages, to another, interpretation of languages. But one and the same Spirit is active in all these, distributing to each person as He wills.”
The author of this passage wants to make it very clear in Christ we have one Spirit but we are all gifted different ways. We are meant as Christians not to be off on our own with our one or two gifts but we are meant to come together as one body in Christ as we reach out into the world to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
I am really into sports and one of my all-time favorite basketball players was Isaiah Thomas. He was a great guard for the Detroit Pistons but he would have been a horrible Center. The ability to play the Center position was not where he was skilled. If he was put down in the lower block to guard some one like a David Robinson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, or a Dwight Howard they would have dunked on him all game. Just like you wouldn’t use Shaquille O’Neal as a point guard because someone like Deron Williams, Jason Kidd, or John Stockton would have stolen the ball away from him every time he tried to dribble. Dribbling was not one of Shaquille O’Neal’s strong suits but in the post he was a dominant force. No matter how good one or two individuals are on a team the team is way more effective when they work together! If one player told his other 4 teammates on the court just go over and stand on the side I don’t need you what would happen? Even if you had a player like a Kobe Bryant or a Lebron James they might score several baskets but eventually the 5 players on the other team would dominate that one player.
This same fact is true for us in the faith, when we work together we accomplish more! Can you do some good on your own? Of course, we see people do it each day. However, when we as the Church come together with the power of the Holy Spirit we are unstoppable! So I encourage you if you are a Christian quit trying to do everything on your own! You’re meant to be a part of the body of Christ! You were meant to live together with other believers in the faith. So suit up, and come join the mission as we go out into the world to love God and love others!