SERVING ONE ANOTHER (2)
What is the biblical basis for “serving one another”? Paul establishes the foundation for this truth in several places. He uses the term “one body” to describe the church. This phrase is used twice in Romans 12:5-10 and 1 Corinthians 12:12-26. Since we have been baptized “in one Spirit…into one body”, “so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another”. This requires a dynamic change in our way of thinking from the ‘me’, individualistic mindset that pervades our western culture.
Because of this divine baptism, we have a prior obligation to everyone in the body of Christ to value, care and minister to each other. There is no secular organization on earth where membership is required that says ‘we are “members one of another”’. That is why Jesus and the apostles place love for “one another” as evidence that we belong to Christ and is the basis of serving (see John 13:34-35; 15:12, 17; Romans 13:8; Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 3:12; 4:9; 1 Peter 1:22; 4:8; 1 John 3:11, 23; 4:7, 11-12; 2 John 5). I think the point is made clear.
Do you feel independent of everyone else, or do you put this principle into practice even if the circumstances make it difficult. Jesus said, “blessed are you if you do them”, not ‘blessed are you when you feel like doing them’.
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