You are INVALUABLE to the Kingdom of God!

80s Christian Metal Blessings!

I’m about to tell you something—straight up—that might be difficult for you to receive.  You will very likely feel tempted to reject it or receive it with a bit of skepticism.

Get prepared… ready?

Here it is:  If you are a disciple of Jesus, you are INVALUABLE to the work of the Kingdom of God--PERIOD.

Okay, let that sink in…

How does it feel?

Do you buy it?

INVALUABLE, as in “extremely useful; indispensable.”?

Really?

Yup—100%--REALLY!

In 1 Corinthians 12, the apostle Paul used a metaphor to help these early Christians understand this same amazing TRUTH about themselves.   I HOPE & PRAY it will help you get it too!

ESSENTIAL BACKGROUD:
Many within the church at Corinth were uneducated, illiterate, poor, slaves.  They weren’t people of means or influence in society.  Their culture had pounded into them the notion that they weren't seen by their culture as prominant or important, so they were riddled with insecurities and feelings of inferiority (sound familiar?)  They often compared themselves to others who had things they didn’t have or could do things they couldn’t do and thought, “I can’t do what they do...” or “I don’t have what they have… so I guess I don’t really matter.”

Paul is trying to shake all of those cultural lies off of them--and help them see how INVALUABLE they TRULY are to God and His Kingdom.

1 Corinthians 12:12 (NLT) “The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.”

Think about this---in the animal kingdom, a single animal has one name... one "identity", but a community of them—has a new name.  For example, an elephant, when it joins a community of other elephants, becomes part of a HERD.  A lion, when it joins a community of lions becomes part of a PRIDE.  This holds true right down the line. A gathering of fish becomes a SCHOOL.  A crowd of crows becomes a MURDER (scary right!?), etc.

THE POINT:  Individuals take on a new identity and purpose when they become part of a community.

A follower of Jesus is a Christian (pretty awesome all by it's self!) ...but when a group of spirit-filled, grace transformed, disciples come together and do life in community—they become a “church” (ekklesia, an assembly) or, as Paul put it here, The Body of Christ.

EVERY PART OF THE BODY MATTERS!

1 Corinthians 12:14-17 (NLT) “Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. 15If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” (I.e. “Because I can’t do what the hand does”).  that does not make it any less a part of (IMPORTANT to) the body. 16And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? 17If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?” 

EVERY PART OF THE BODY MATTERS!

I love the ear to eye comparison because it’s easy to see how the ear could become jealous of the eye--the eye gets all the press:  No one ever has an ear to ear conversation.  No person in love has ever stared longingly into a person’s ear (and if they do that's just weird)).  Nobody says, "You’re the apple of my ear," or  "I’ve got stars in my ears," or "Beauty is never in the ear of the beholder."  We could go on and on.  The eyes get all the attention---But if we lose our hearing…?  BAMM, what a HUGE blow to the body!

EVERY PART OF THE BODY MATTERS! 

As a disciple of Jesus, you are part of His Body!

You matter! 

You are INVALUABLE! 

1 Corinthians 12:22, 27 (NLT) “In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. ... 27All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it."

Think about your fingers.  The index finger is the “pointer”.  The middle finger is infamous (for some less than godly reasons). Your ring finger is famous as, well… being the RING finger.  Your thumb is the opposing finger that allows you to grip things!   But what about the pinky?  What is it known for?  Why do we even need it?

Well, guess what?

Your pinky is responsible for 50% of hand strength!

Dude, think about that—fifty-percent!

I could go on and on and on.

Dude, you have 206 bones!  You NEVER think about most of them, but if any of them breaks---BAMM, your whole body struggles.

AS YOU FOLLOW JESUS, just being you, expressing your God-given personality and abilities, you are INVALUABLE to the Body of Christ.  When you speak a word of truth, testimony or encouragement you are HIS lips.  When you help a neighbor or serve as a greeter (or anywhere) at church, you are His hands.   When you support Kingdom work with effort, prayer, dollars.  When you God to my Pastor Brad Rocks Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pastorbradrocks/ and LIKE, COMMENT on, and SHARE my Christian Parody Video of Judas Priest, "You've Got Another Thing Coming." (which totally helps to boost this AD I'm running to reach new Classic Metal Fans for Jesus) YOU ARE HIS HANDS--promoting the Kingdom!  So, cool!  Sometimes we just make it too complicated don't we?

As YOU live as the new creation (2 Cor. 5:17) God created you anew in Christ—to be, whether you're always "AWARE OF IT" or NOT... God is USING YOU for HIS KINGDOM PURPOSES.

  So, stop looking to the world’s definition of value and significance---and listen to the WORD.  Pursue Jesus today, knowing you are loved, redeemed, gifted, called, adopted, sanctified, commissioned, filled and empowered to be a unique, one-of-a-kind MASTERPIECE part of THE BODY OF CHRIST!

Now, you go do you for the glory of God today!

80s metal blessings,
pb
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