As we think about the subject of dependence, we realize this goes far beyond relying on God for direction, grace, help, comfort, and many other things He supplies. It may be more testing for us to depend on one another.
Paul addresses this issue in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 when he writes about the Body of Christ and our critical need of each other. This is a divine plan because “in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body” (12:13). The inter-dependence of the body is a plan that created a necessary need for every believer in the body. None of us can say to another believer, “I have no need of you” (12:21). Each person has the same value – the blood of Jesus (1 Peter 1:18-19). We are tested by this principle when we tend to look down on members of the body that seem weaker or have different understanding of Scripture than we do. (There may be many other reasons, but we will not go into them here).
Saul, in his early days of conversion learned the principle of dependence on other members in the Body of Christ. After his conversion on the Damascus road and preaching boldly “that Jesus was the Christ” (9:22), a plot was planned in order to put Saul to death. “But his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a basket” (Acts 9:25).
Would you fit in a basket? That question is not about the size of the basket, but whether your attitude is one of humility and submission to others in the Church. This principle is confirmed in Philippians 2:3-4; “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3–4). The Creator fit into our tiny world to serve us. Are we doing the same for others?
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