1 Corinthians 12:12 NIV
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:15-16 NIV
15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.
1 Corinthians 12:17-20 NIV
17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
God’s Social Network shares its identity
“I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body.”
“I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body.”
1 Corinthians 12:21 NIV
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”
1 Corinthians 12:22-25 NIV
22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.
God’s Social Network shares the responsibility
What can I bring to this body that is life giving?
Pareto states: 20% of invested input is responsible for 80% of the results obtained.
Having a shared Identity
Sharing the Responsibility
1 Corinthians 9:25-27 NIV
25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
1 Corinthians 12:26-27 NIV
26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb
Life is always in context of others. Getting Fit Socially teaches us that we are intricately connected to our world. How we connect has the potential to be a source of life to those around us. Let’s discover how we are better together!
Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-31. You are a part of the body of Christ. We share the responsibility of caring for each other. Share a time in which you were a recipient of someone caring for you. Describe how it made you feel to know that you were not alone.
Read Colossians 3:12-14. Reflect on a personal relationship that has been tested by relational tension and restored. How did you work through the tension with this person?
Reflect on a personal relationship that has been tested by relational tension and not restored. Take time to ask the Lord to search your heart for hurts that have led to unforgiveness.
Read Ephesians 4:32 & Matthew 6:14-15. The ability for us to forgive others is directly related to us being forgiven by God. If you’re having a hard time forgiving, take a moment to reflect on the forgiveness you’ve received from God.
Read 1 Corinthians 13. What is the binding factor that keeps us together socially? It’s LOVE… Take a moment with this passage to refresh your active definition of what it means to love someone. Describe some practical changes you can make to align your life with the biblical definition of love.
Read Romans 12:6-8. In “Getting Fit Socially”, we must understand our life in context to others. Having a healthy view of being part of the body of Christ is key. Take a moment to describe what God designed in you to bring to the body. How can you develop this?
When encountering people this week, seek ways to use your gifts to add to their lives. Whether it’s a simple smile, a word of encouragement, or spending quality time and listening, make it your goal to be a blessing and deposit a life-giving moment to encourage them on their journey.