From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. – Ephesians 4:16 (NIV)
I like words. I have word/language books I read. Words jump out as I read this scriptural quotation. Whole. Joined. Grows. Builds. Each.
Am I part of a Whole or a rugged individual? Power and life slip away for those who go it alone. Alone, even in the midst of others.
Am I Joined to others? Others from whom I differ? Others who I don't even know or like? Others who have grown so familiar that I take them for granted?
Am I Growing? Just growing older? Or Wiser? Can I take the challenge and pain of growth?
Am I letting Christ Build what he wants in a Church and in me? Or have I become the advisor to the Builder? Do I even have a clue as to what he is building or wants?
Am I letting Each other person in my life know what she or he is good at and letting him or her do that? Will I let them off the hook if they are not gifted and called? Can I share - credit and blame?
Lord, let me and my community be from you and you only.