1 Corinthians 12:21 All Are Needed

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 1 Corinthians 12:21

Organizations that run well have a good understanding the of the need of everyone in the organization. Other organizations often splinter and crumble, because of the disunity inside of it caused by everyone working alone.

Some people love to work alone and feel as if they do not need the help of anyone else. The need for others is often unseen, until it is too late and damage has been done.

Using the body as an example, Paul describes what the church is like. He points out that the eye cannot make it without the hand, nor can the head make it without the feet.

Pride in the heart of many people causes them to feel as if they do not need anyone else. Each person feels as if he is the most important and needed person within a group and often looks down upon or excludes others.

Sadly this type of viewing has occurred inside the church many times. Pastors look down upon youth or children’s pastors. Youth pastors look down upon the usher. Ushers may look down upon the person who cleans the church. Along side of those views, teachers may look down upon evangelists or the opposite way.

God does not work in that way at all. Every person that He has put in a church has an important job to fulfill. Just as the eye needs the hand in order to have any value, so every person is needed inside the church body. None are more important than the other. Each person has his own job to fulfill before God and others.

Together the church can be a powerful force and witness in this world.

Regardless of your position in the church you are a part of, you have an important role to fulfill. However, keep in mind that your role is not the most important, but also not the least important.

Realize that God has others there to help you and for you to help.

Every person, including you, is placed in the church body by God to build each other up in the Lord and be His powerful witness to this fallen world. Do not neglect your role, nor look down upon the roles of others, but build each other up in unity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the purpose God has for you in His body–the church; that you will build others up in the Lord in the church body; that you will work in unity with other believers doing God’s work; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to the world.

Romans 7:4 Die To The Law To Bear Fruit

So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. Romans 7:4

Most people on the earth desire freedom from some law or another. Very few people like to have restrictions placed upon them, though most get used to having those restrictions.

People like to do what they want, when they want and how they want. They will break the law in order to do what they desire.

Paul tells the people that, in Christ, they have died to the law so that they may bear fruit for God.

It is common for some believers to push talking about the law. They are quick to point out what a person can and cannot do as they follow the letter of the law.

Others in the church are the exact opposite. They point out that they have died to the law, so they don’t have to follow the law. In doing this, they often live in purposeful sin.

Dying to the law is a person who is no longer following the law in order to be saved, but obeying the law because of his great love for God and people. The more a person strives to obey the law in his own power, the more he realizes that he cannot do it. Only in Christ can a person obey the law of God.

Once a person dies to the law to be saved, he is free to be able to do more for God, bearing fruit. His heart is no longer focused on trying to be saved, but knows he is and lives that way doing the work for God.

At the moment you repented and believed in Jesus, you were saved from sin. You do not have to do any special works in obeying the law to be saved.

Now as a believer, you have to do works because of what God has done for you and out of love for Him. Focus your attention on doing what God wants you to do, and you will not have time to disobey His law and sin. As you bear fruit for God, you will not walk in sin.

God has more for you to do, than sin has for you to do.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be free to be His witness on this earth; that you will know you are saved by faith in Christ Jesus; and that you will obey God out of love, not to earn salvation.

1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee Sexual Immorality

Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 1 Corinthians 6:18

One of the greatest sellers in media, whether it is books, magazines, tv shows or movies is sex. People, as a whole, like to see things that are sexual in nature.

The porn industry is the greatest, most profitable industry across the entire world. Along with purchasing sexual acts, the acts of sexual acts is extremely common among all people, everywhere and of every age level.

Paul just finished telling the Corinthian people that their bodies are members of the body of Christ. Now he tells them that they must flee all sexual immorality.

Sexual sins has not only permeated the society at large, it has also permeated throughout the church. It is common to hear of couples living together in sin, without being married. Many churches have begun to accept people living in homosexual lifestyles and not call it a sin. And this is just the physical act side of things.

There are another group of believers who won’t do the physical acts, but have it in their minds and dreams. They will watch porn, or think about it on a constant basis as if it does not matter and there is nothing wrong with it.

Jesus had brought about the idea that not only is the act sinful, but thinking about the act is also sinful. Thinking about the act, will often bring about the physical action.

As with any sin, the believer must flee it. Temptation to sin sexually will arise, but one must flee it. He must turn and run away as fast as he can and focus his attention upon God and His word, rather than the sinful ways of this fallen world.

You must examine what your thoughts and actions are about. What are you willing to see and do? Do not allow the beliefs that free sexual acts or thoughts are good outside of the marriage God instituted in the Bible.

Line your thoughts and actions up with what God has put in place. Whenever temptation to sexually sin arises, flee with everything that is in you. Do not allow thoughts to stay, leading to greater things against God.

Sexual acts are good, but within the boundaries of marriage that God made. Live for God, not self.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will strengthen you to flee all sexual sins; that God will guide you to flee all sin; that you will focus your life on God and His word; and that you will live for God in every area of your life.