Friday, September 05, 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014

Today’s text

Romans 12:4-6a

For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us. .

Where Christ is

We are one body in Christ. You are part of Christ ... as am I.

To touch you is to touch Christ. To touch and teach and feed and love others is to let another person know the touch of Christ, physically present and real.

Recently, I led large funeral. Many current members of our congregation were there as well as people who were once members who have moved away ... or moved to other congregations because there was something there that they needed.

But they returned for this day because they loved the person who died. They had shared life and love and faith with her and her family.

Would there have been as much of Christ in the room if one of them were missing ... or two ... or 10 ... or 50?

Truth is … Christ would have been less present in the room had they not been there.

The love of Christ would have been less real, less known, less powerful ... because that part of Christ ... that particular expression of Christ’s love that is in their lives would have been missing.

But they were there because they are part of this one ... marvelous ... and very physical body of Christ in the world in which everyone has a part to play, a life to live, a love to share that expresses that of Christ they were born to bring to the world.

And if they … or you … do not bring it, Christ’s love is less present because the world and everyone around you is denied that shape the love of Christ is pleased to take in your life.

Christ was more real and vibrant among us, and we felt it … together … because more of his body was present bearing grace and blessing for all.

Is it any wonder we need each other so much.

Pr. David L. Miller

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