“That there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.” 1st Corinthians 12:25
Schisms, there’s a word you don’t hear every day. It comes at the end of Paul’s illustration of how the body should and shouldn’t work. The word means according to one definition “a split or division between strongly opposed sections or parties, caused by differences in opinion or belief”. He shows us two examples of people who on one hand don’t feel they are important therefore never get involved and others who think that they don’t need others or are able to perform all types of ministry on their own.
I believe Paul is trying to give us an antidote to schisms here in chapter 12 of 1st Corinthians. The importance of finding that particular area where God has gifted you by His Spirit, no matter how big or small, in order for us to give special attention in regards to serving. If my foot, with all good intentions decides one day it wants to be a hand, it could get very messy. If my ears decide to find its way around without using my eyes I can expect some trouble. I’m a part of the maintenance team at Keswick but it doesn’t mean I can do all maintenance. If you come to me with an automobile problem and because I want to be a good guy, I give it a go, it could get ugly, and the end result could be worse than when we started.
So it is with us, to pursue those “chosen by God” areas, that we can be a part of a solution is key to preventing schisms. I learned early on and can relate to my former mentor and boss Ken Brown, to recognize that God has called me to work with “drunks and drug addicts” and not with teens. It has saved me a lot of grief. Even though I was both, give me a guy who wants to overcome an addiction over a teenager any day. So if someone asks you to serve in an area you don’t feel comfortable in, “Please Don’t”. Rob is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and serves full-time at America’s Keswick
Think About This: Be assured, if you walk with Him, and look to Him, and expect help from Him, He will never fail you.George Muller
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 8:18