Regular Christians: Conclusion

Regular Christians

Throughout the Bible, warnings are given about pride. We are not to think too highly of ourselves (Romans 12:3). Instead, we are to learn to be humble. Referring to the words of the psalmist, James wrote, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6; cf. Psalm 138:6).

Yet in combatting pride, we can easily fall into the trap of self-deprecation. This is not real humility; instead, this means we are overly critical of ourselves and see ourselves as being an unimportant part of the Lord’s church.

However, when Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, he made it clear that each individual member was an important part of the body.

For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, ‘Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,’ it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. And if the ear says, ‘Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,’ it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?

But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. If they were all one member, where would the body be? But now there are many members, but one body” (1 Corinthians 12:14-20).

Paul explained that we are all “individually members” of Christ’s body (1 Corinthians 12:27). Even though we are all different, we can each make valuable contributions to the function of the church. As ridiculous as it would be to say that our foot or our ear are unimportant, it is just as absurd to think that our efforts are unimportant and/or unneeded in the cause of Christ. We have a place in the Lord’s body “as He desired” (1 Corinthians 12:18). Therefore, let us recognize how valuable and useful each one of us are to the Lord’s work.

Let us each determine to use our abilities, our resources, and our opportunities in the Lord’s service.

Let us resolve to be an encouragement to our brethren, even “from the sidelines,” and strive to remove all potential sources of discouragement.

Let us faithfully endure whatever hardships might come, whether they come as the result of life’s unfairness, health problems, persecution, or any other reason.

If we fall away from faithful service, let us return knowing that we are not just welcome to come back, we are needed.

We do not need to have a well-known name or a wide circle of influence in order to do great things in the Lord’s service. We just need to be regular Christians, faithfully doing all that we can do in the name of the Lord.

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