Tuesday, August 15, 2023

We're Complete Together


"We love each other and cherish the fellowship of God's people."

We need each other like puzzle pieces need each other. As individuals, we are unique, intriguing, and beautiful in our own ways -- yet we are also quite clearly incomplete. None of us is a picture to himself; we must come together as parts of the greater design of God. Finding life in Christ's body means functioning as a body part, living, moving, and having our being in Him with each other.

Imagine finding a beautiful puzzle piece in a parking lot. You could perhaps figure out something it was meant to represent, but with it just being a single piece, you would not be able to see its place in the bigger picture -- the real picture. You would not be able to see it functioning as it was designed to function.

Imagine also being the owner of that puzzle. After coming home with it, you happily start putting it together, only to realize in the following days that you have 1,199 pieces of the 1,200. How disappointing that would be! Similar to the situation in the parking lot with the single piece, you would not be able to see the whole puzzle functioning as it was designed to function. The 1,199 are rendered just as incomplete as the one.

God has made us for fellowship. When we neglect the gathering, we are not functioning as we have been designed to function. When we reject God's design for us, we suffer -- and cause others to suffer, too. Fellowship takes all of us, each one individually coming together to make the whole, functioning as the body of Christ 'til He returns or calls us home.

Would you make (or continue to make) Christian fellowship a priority?

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