Today ends Week 2 of our series. I want to review verses 3-8.
12:3 For by the grace given to me I say to every one of you not to think more highly of yourself than you ought to think, but to think with sober discernment, as God has distributed to each of you a measure of faith. 12:4 For just as in one body we have many members, and not all the members serve the same function, 12:5 so we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually we are members who belong to one another. 12:6 And we have different gifts according to the grace given to us. If the gift is prophecy, that individual must use it in proportion to his faith. 12:7 If it is service, he must serve; if it is teaching, he must teach; 12:8 if it is exhortation, he must exhort; if it is contributing, he must do so with sincerity; if it is leadership, he must do so with diligence; if it is showing mercy, he must do so with cheerfulness.
As I reflect back on all my daily reflections, the thing that stands out most is the concept that we “belong to one another.” I’m writing this from Lincoln, Nebraska, where Cindy and I and Kim and Sharon Pagel attended the wedding of Craig Schultz (Pastor Mick’s son) to Abby. It was a lovely outdoor ceremony. It’s making me think more about this whole idea of belonging.
When people get married, they transfer sole ownership of their lives to their spouse. “Me” now becomes “us.” They give up themselves in exchange for the blessing of mutual partnership. They truly belong to each other. Now it’s “our” life, not “mine.” True, they play different roles, but they are complementary roles, making them better together than they were apart.
In a similar way, the church is a group who have a sense of belonging to one another. It’s not about “me” but rather about “we”. We have a responsibility to one another. We need each other. I can’t make it on my own. I’m no better than someone else. We share the load, using the gifts God has blessed us with.
In our church we have a membership covenant statement that every member pledges to fulfill. It’s not all that dissimilar to the wedding vows we heard last night. It’s about making the commitment that we are not going solo, rather we agree to belong to one another. That seems to be the spirit of Romans 12:3-8.