Romans 12:3-6 – For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. (NIV 1984).
My Musings – Far too many Christians are going their own separate ways these days, believing that they can worship anywhere (which they can) and can get along just fine with the fellowship of a local church (which they cannot). Others prefer to skip in, blend in and skip back out, without building relationships within the body. In they process they gain little and contribute little. Often on their way back home they comment “well, I didn’t get much out of that service,” missing the point entirely.
It is never about how much we get. It is always about how much we give. And ironically, the more we give the more we end up getting. Iron sharpens iron, and it is hard to sharpen anything without something to rub up against. It is difficult for anyone to grow sharper spiritually without rubbing up against other believers in fellowship, worhship, prayer and the Word. Sure, we can get by, but that’s somewhat like the steward that buried his talents and was only able to give back to the master what he had been given, nothing more.
“As much as we like to think that it is our smarts [spirituality] that get us ahead, it is not everything. Our intelligence [Spiritual maturity] give us ideas and instructions. But it is our ability to cooperate that actually helps us get those things done. Nothing of real value on this earth was built by one person without the help of others. There are few accomplishments, companies, [churches] or technologies that were built by one person without the or support of anyone else. It is clear that the more others want to help us [and we them], the more we can achieve [grow].” (From Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek).
My Advice – Don’t you want to give back more? Don’t you want to help others do the same? Find a local church and do more than just blend in – belong. Because whether you admit it or not, that is where you do belong.