The AMI QT Devotionals from March 20-26 are provided by Pastor David Kwon of Journey Community Church in Raleigh, North Carolina.
DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT FOR TODAY
If One Suffers, We All Suffer
1 Corinthians 12:21-31
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire the higher gifts.
In an article on NPR.org entitled “Getting Some ‘Me’ Time: Why Millennials Are So Individualistic,” it states: “They are a class of self-centered, self-absorbed, selfie-snapping 20-somethings. This is how many critics have come to define the millennial generation. But hold on, isn’t this what was said about every generation when it was young? Minus the selfies of course.” Individualism has long been considered the hallmark of America. It is appealing because we do not like to depend on anyone else—meaning, we like self-sufficiency.
In this chapter, Paul reminds the church in Corinth that we are to use our spiritual gifts to build up the body, but he also warns the church not to feel like they are so qualified that they do not need the help of others to perform their ministry. That’s why he writes in v.21 that we should have the attitude of interdependency. We need one another to build up the body of Christ. He goes on to say in v.26 that we should have care and concern for one another, that if one member suffers, our attitude should be that we all suffer.
As Paul talks about the topic of love in the next chapter, he is describing how we should love one another within the body of Christ: When we truly love, there is no disdain for one another, no rivalry or competition, no envy or malice, no inferiority or superiority, but only love—a love that is patient, kind, not jealous or boastful but always rejoicing in the truth (1 Cor. 13:4-6). Only Jesus can produce this kind of love and affection for one another.
Pray this morning that you would have a greater love for the members of the body. As we are called to use our gifts, pray that the Holy Spirit would break our individualistic attitude that often hinders unity but rather a love that would produce unity.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for showing us the importance of the body of Christ. May we have a greater appreciation and love for the churches we attend and serve. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Matthew 15