Memberships matter. Who we connect up with tells a lot about who we are, what we value, and what others can expect from us.
The call to discipleship is pretty simple: Join Jesus!
The call is there for you right now. These next moments could reveal a lot about who you are, because of who you choose to be related to.next >
Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that whoever is united to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For it is said, “The two shall be one flesh.” But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself.
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Have you ever been part of a sports team or another group where everyone must work together? If a team member says that they will play and doesn’t show up for the game, the other members can be let down and may have to rearrange their players. Or if someone in an orchestra or band doesn’t come to the performance, their section may sound weaker because there are fewer musicians. One person’s decision can impact the whole group.
In the same way, today's scripture says that our bodies are members of Christ. We are united in Christ with God, so we are not alone, but part of a larger Christian family. When we make good choices for our bodies, this can also glorify God and show others what is important to us. But when we make destructive choices with our bodies, we can hurt others, as well as harm ourselves. While something may seem good at the moment, it can hurt us over time. Let this encourage us to patiently make the best choices with our bodies, ones that will honor our Creator.
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Dear God, help me remember that you created me, and that my choices should glorify you. Amen.next >
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps.
1 Peter 2:21
Stephanie Ezell teaches first- and second-grade reading at Plainview Primary School in Ardmore, Oklahoma. She also writes a variety of curricula for children and adults. She lives with her husband Leonard, pastor of Northwest Baptist Church, and their son, Jack. They will welcome a new baby into their family this spring.
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