Friday, August 1, 2008

One in Christ

"But now indeed there are many members, yet one body." 1Cor.12:20

Summer vacation is a great learning adventure for a homeschooling family. Lessons from nature makes both science and scripture come alive. One lesson in particular can come from a large stand of beautiful aspen tree. Did you know that aspen trees grow from one common root? Every one of the individual tree you think you see is actually one big tree.

There is the similarity between the aspen tree and the body of Christ. Each believer is like the individual aspen tree and plays a unique role in God's family. However, we all grow from one common root, Jesus Christ, and we must work together in the body. If we all do what we're supposed to as Christians, we'll show God's beauty like the aspen tree.

Do you know where God has placed you in the body of Christ? Although some gifts may seem more important than others, they're not. (1Cor.12:23-24) Each believer contributes to the well-being of the body by faithfully using the gifts that God has given. Whether your spiritual gift is teaching, serving, or showing mercy, you can bloom where you're planted and give God the glory as you depend on the life-giving root of Christ's forgiveness and love.

"rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving" Colossians 2:7