Our Father, who is in Heaven,
We give You all praise!
There’s a time and place where we come alive! When those two meet, the unseen world trembles and the name of Jesus is glorified. The One who conquered death reveals His presence over and over and over!
We praise You Jesus! We celebrate all You are! Build us into a statewide community full of You! You are the Head, we are the body. When You call on Your hand to reach out, it will. When You call on Your feet to move, they will.
Thank You for the gifts of Your body. A special collection of talents used to conquer evil by doing good.
Lord, I think of the human body, and it amazes me. A design so well done, happenstance could not explain it. A design that is capable of doing anything from using colors to tell a story on a ceiling, to walking on celestial objects in the cosmos. Our physicalness, our conscience, create results that could only be explained as a reason to glorify a Creator!
If we really were to sit and ponder all the tiny little requirements it takes for a body to be living, all the unseen processes at work that move in clockwork to be life, it’s simply astounding.
Lord, You are the author of life. You made life to be, beautiful and mesmerizing, grand and mysterious, wonderful and special, in a collection of who we are in You, we are exactly that.
“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.
But I also want you to think about how this keeps your significance from getting blown up into self-importance. For no matter how significant you are, it is only because of what you are a part of. An enormous eye or a gigantic hand wouldn’t be a body, but a monster. What we have is one body with many parts, each its proper size and in its proper place. No part is important on its own. Can you imagine Eye telling Hand, “Get lost; I don’t need you”? Or, Head telling Foot, “You’re fired; your job has been phased out”? As a matter of fact, in practice it works the other way—the “lower” the part, the more basic, and therefore necessary. You can live without an eye, for instance, but not without a stomach. When it’s a part of your own body you are concerned with, it makes no difference whether the part is visible or clothed, higher or lower. You give it dignity and honor just as it is, without comparisons. If anything, you have more concern for the lower parts than the higher. If you had to choose, wouldn’t you prefer good digestion to full-bodied hair?
The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance.
You are Christ’s body—that’s who you are! You must never forget this. Only as you accept your part of that body does your “part” mean anything. You’re familiar with some of the parts that God has formed in his church, which is his “body”: apostles prophets teachers miracle workers healers helpers organizers those who pray in tongues. But it’s obvious by now, isn’t it, that Christ’s church is a complete Body and not a gigantic, unidimensional Part? It’s not all Apostle, not all Prophet, not all Miracle Worker, not all Healer, not all Prayer in Tongues, not all Interpreter of Tongues. And yet some of you keep competing for so-called “important” parts. But now I want to lay out a far better way for you.” 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 MSG
When each part is collected and then connected, the church creates one body that beautifully glorifies You. Collect us Lord, gather us. Connect us Lord, make us one. By Your Spirit we are one.
Something happens Lord when the Spirit comes between our physical presence. A profound action ensues. But it’s more that just a “result”. There is something more when the Spirit is the connections between us.
Lord Jesus, we love You. We absolutely love You!
Let us us completely glorify You by connecting us!
Today we pray with, and for the people of Wyoming through Albany County. Lord we pray for Nazarene First Church, Laramie Connections, New Life Assembly of God and Whitewater Christian Church in Laramie. We pray for the gospel to flow near the 23,227 people in Albany County who have yet to connect into a church. May our Lord expand, elevate and reinforce the credibility of the local church in this county.
The time to be connected as one has come, in Jesus name we pray, amen.
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