Readings: Psalm 121, 1 Corinthians 12:12-27, Matthew 12:22-28
His Body, Our Part
We will hear a lot about the reading from 1 Corinthians on Sunday, so I thought I might write about Psalm 121 first. It has been special to me since the day I first read it. I loved it so much that I used it in an English class in college as an example of beautiful imagery. The professor hated my choice and criticized me in front of the class. Underneath my beet red face, my spirit sang - I was found worthy of persecution for the sake of the Word of God. What a minuscule persecution it really was, but it was a lesson for me as a fairly new Christian. Speak the Word, and you may suffer the world’s consequences. Psalm 121 says, “The Lord watches over you - the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.” The Lord watches over us, whatever the circumstance or consequence. The Corinthians passage talks about the body of Christ, with each of us a part of it. Whether you are bold in English class or offer your neighbor a cold drink or teach a little one “Jesus Loves Me” or share a story of God’s work in your life with a family member, you can know the Lord watches over you. You can know that your part in His Kingdom is important. What you can’t know is how your part in His Body might impact others forever. You may suffer some consequence for sharing the Word, yet you may be the one the Lord works through to keep someone from suffering the world’s eternal consequence. Praise God, you may plant a seed that the Lord will grow into salvation and eternal life. O Father, grant us boldness to be active members of Your Body. Compel us to do our part, in Jesus’ name. Amen.