Tuesday: 18th September, 2018
Reference text: 1 Corinthians 12:12-14,27-31.
1 Corinthians 12:27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
Even though I visited specific places, at specific times and had an experience I would refer to as unique to my situation; a visit to two other European countries over the summer offered very different experiences. As a result, almost unconsciously, I appear to describe one country as ‘expensive’ and the other as ‘fantastic’.
One thing we realise throughout life is that: an unpleasant event or a very good one often sets the tone for making a general assessment and conclusion about a particular person or place. In Saint Paul’s letter to the Corinthians today, he first refers to them as ‘the body of Christ’ and goes a step further to mention the uniqueness that is associated with each of them. Specifically, that though in the body of Christ, they were ‘individual members’ in it.
Though this may sound like ‘but everybody knows that they are individuals’, that statement is very far from the real situation. Many people seem to have forgotten their sense of individuality and have gotten lost amongst a multitude of others. They can no longer be identified unless classified as part of a larger group. Thus, the things that make them unique: their God-given personality, traits and gifts are no longer evident for all to see.
Beloved, you belong to body of Christ, nonetheless, don’t lose your uniqueness just to fit in with everybody else. For you were not created just to blend in, but to be unique.
Remember # Sometimes the best way to fit in, is to stand out.