Wednesday, March 27

Needed and needy

Scripture: Judge 1-3, 1 Corinthians 12

1 Corinthians 12:24–26 But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

Observation

Paul’s brilliant metaphor of the church as the Body of Christ is rich with insight and application.

No one can be proud and say, “I don’t need you,” to another member.  We all need each other.  Each person has something to offer me.  I need every person—even the EGR’s (extra grace required).  

No one can be self-deprecating and say, “I don’t belong.”  Each person belongs and has something to offer the whole.  We all have something to contribute.

We all need something, and we all have something.  Each person is needed and needy.  This is true of each person.

Additionally, Paul says that we bestow greater honor on those who lack it.  We look out for the weak.  It’s been said that societies can be judged by their care for the weakest and most vulnerable.  The church is to be characterized by mutual care and concern, especially for the weakest and most vulnerable.  Greater honor and equal concern.

Application

We haven’t always lived up to this, so Paul’s words are a timely reminder for us—every time we read them.  

I needed the reminder to care for the least of these.

And I need to remind everyone I talk with that they have something valuable to offer—they are needed—and they are needy too.  We need each other.

Prayer: Lord, thanks for the reminder.  Help our church/es reflect this kind of love, care, mutuality and engagement.