Past John Oostdyk spoke this Sunday at Cornerstone Christian Church on 1 Corinthians 12, which is about the fruit of the Spirit and Spiritual gifts. While trying to figure out your Spiritual gift 1 Corinthians 1:7 tells us, “therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.” Take some time and listen to John’s sermon, “Finding Our Full Potential”: http://sermon.net/CornerstoneWyckoff
Have you ever been in a position like John? Was God pushing you spiritually to be out of your comfort zone? In a time of small groups you can share more of yourself then you may have planned, a member could be moved by another, or you have been moved by another member, any could make us feel uncomfortable. We may get thoughts like John did, to simply run! Although John stayed and realized God was giving him that girls pain and he was feeling compassion for her. Isn’t it powerful how God can give us another person’s pain or be shown compassion?
1 Corinthians 12:12 says, “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.” Can I just point out how awesome that is? We all form the body of Christ. The commentator in my Bible gave an example of a person could live without their eyes by relying on other senses and people, but a bodiless eyes is unimaginable. The same applies to the body of Christ. When all parts are working together then the body functions properly. But as Paul uses the examples of the eye and foot, if one suffers it makes the whole body vulnerable. We are meant to be a body, people who work together, serve together, grow together, fellowship together, and challenge on another.
As John says, we are to be unified, let us not confused that as meaning that we are all to be the same. We are all different, which is such a blessing. Respect other members of the body and love like Christ loved. We are all one body of Christ.