But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. . . if one member is honored, all rejoice together. (1 Corinthians 12:25-26)
God designed it so that, as Christians, our joy is increased in the joy of others in our church. We ought to be united to our Christian brothers and sisters in such a way that their happiness is personally experienced in us.
The more we are knit together with and invested in the lives of church members, the more we have reason to celebrate when a member gives birth, gets married, gives testimony of deliverance from a sin issue, graduates, gets a job offer, or is reconciled to an astranged family member or friend. Their joy is our joy, because we are one body.
This kind of communal and spiritual joy can only be experienced by the church. Let us follow the example of Paul who gave himself for the joy of the church (2 Corinthians 1:24, 2:3), and who’s joy was increased by the church (2 Corinthians 7:13, Philippians 2:2, 4:1; 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20; 3:9; 2 Timothy 1:4; Philemon 7).
Invest your life in your local church to increase the joy of others, and give yourself more opportunities to rejoice!
Posts in This Series
- The Local Church: For Your Perseverance
- The Local Church: Training You for Ministry
- The Local Church: Helping You Grow Up
- The Local Church: People to Suffer With
- The Local Church: People to Rejoice With
- The Local Church: A Safe Place to Be Judged (coming Saturday)
- The Local Church: Indispensable (coming Sunday)