There’s no castle or garden wall built from a single stone. The collection of many stones expertly positioned and fitted together make a sound structure. Each stone nestled into its place holds the thing together, part of a greater entity than it could be on its own.
Likewise, the body of Christ is made up of individuals, each with specific gifting. Each of us is strategically placed as part of His body, designed to function in unity with the others to accomplish the will of God.
In 1 Corinthians 12, the description of the human body explains how there one body made of many parts. The passage explains how a body cannot be made up of only one part but needs different parts to function. It is the same with the Body of Christ.
But in fact, God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. -1 Corinthians 12:18-20
In addition to being members of the body of Christ, God has it in mind for us to be a “holy place”, made up of believers. In 1 Peter 2, those who trust in Jesus are called “living stones”.
As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. -1 Peter 2:4-5
Getting into and remaining in a community within the family of God is critical. My pastor memorably said once in a sermon that a “stone alone is a paperweight”. He meant that outside of a Christian community, we stand alone instead of being an integral part of the Body of Christ. When we aren’t attending church regularly and don’t get involved in small groups, isolation can diminish our effectiveness for the Kingdom and hinder our growth.
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