1 Corinthians 12: Coming Together For the Common Good
“But to each one is given
the manifestation of the Spirit
for the common good.”
Corinthians 12:7, NASB*
“No, it’s not going to rain. What are you guys talking about?” As the words came out of my mouth a rain drop, or something worse, fell on my shoulder. “The Lord knows what we need. I don’t understand why you don’t get on the roof,” I teased. A few more raindrops fell. A sly smile covered one young man’s face. It wasn’t long the work outside stopped and the rain poured.
In the U. S. we celebrated Labor Day. Our youth camp team had planned a Labor of Love weekend to work on several projects at the camp. Fellowship, another word for visiting with one another, worship, and work filled our time Friday evening through Monday afternoon. We, young, middle age, and not-so-middle-aged, came together for the common good—getting our campgrounds in good shape and doing some repairs. We worked as a picture of 1 Corinthians 12:18-21.
“But now God has placed the members,
each one of them in His body, just as He desired.
And if they were all one member,
where would the body be?
But now there are many members,
but one body.
And the eye cannot say to the hand,
“I have no need of you:
Or again the head to the feet,
“I have no need of you.”
The Lord blessed us with the rain and directed our tasks, giving us the right people for the right jobs. You wouldn’t have wanted to see the storage rooms if I was the one building them. One team worked on the girl’s shower house giving it a makeover inside. My team worked on clearing the old flower bed out before the rain fell too hard. Then we cleaned and reorganized the pantry and the tool closet. Others trimmed tree branches, before, during, and after the rain. Others weed-eated. We had two half days with no rain. During those times, indoor projects were finished and outdoor projects of painting, power washing buildings, and the wonderful job of cleaning out the trees around our sewage lagoon got well under way. One woman tackled the chapel cleaning, including learning how to replace the guts of one of the toilets. Others cooked, washed dishes, and cleaned up at the end.
I was especially thankful for those who turned my idea for the old flower bed into a reality. Their gifts will bring it to completion. One young man is going to make the sign to hang on the wooden frame. Next spring we will plant a couple yucca plants around the base and add a few large, flat, creek-rocks.
We ended the day worn out but blessed beyond measure. There is more to the story than I can tell here, but Paul expresses all the Lord did for us in Ephesians 3:20-21.
“Now to Him who is able to do
exceeding abundantly beyond
all that we ask or think,
according to the power that works within us,
to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus
to all generations forever and ever. Amen.”
No, the new roof didn’t get put on this weekend. Only the Lord knows why. But I wonder if it’s not so others can come and participate in the blessing.
For Thought: When have you been blessed by the body of Christ coming together as one, and you knew it was Him that put it all together?
Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 12: 27-31. If you had been with us, which task would have fit your gifting? What do you see as your place in the body of Christ?
Our Prayer: Father, how you have blessed us with one another to supply every need we have in the ministries you have called us to. May all we do be for the building up of your kingdom by encouraging one another in love and good works. As you have blessed us, may we use the gifts you give us to bless you by blessing others.
*all scripture references are from NASB unless otherwise stated