15th May 2017

You Were Made For Me

“…each member belongs to all the others.”
Romans 12:5 (NIV)

In every congregation I’ve been a member of, numbering thirty-one to date, it’s always been a mix of vastly different personalities, widely varying circumstances, unsolvable issues, slightly worrying prejudices, and strong opinions expressed on just about everything, including Scripture.

We were all so different, yet Paul wrote in Romans 12:5 that “each member belongs to all the others.”

It reminded me of the hit song by Freddie and the Dreamers in 1963, “You Were Made For Me.” It fits the church exactly, because the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:7) gives each of us something that benefits everyone else. In the church I attend, therefore, it means that all my fellow members have something the Spirit’s given them that’s made for me, and the Spirit’s given me something that’s made for them.

Imagine looking at a fellow church member, then, and saying to yourself, “You, my friend, were made for me,” and they’re thinking that about you, too. It’s a hard concept to grasp in a world where similarities and compatibility bring people together, but in the Church God started something completely new, that even made hatchet-slinging Jews and Gentiles view each other with love and appreciation. As it says in Ephesians 2:14-16, “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility….His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.”

Such is the church we’re in, where we can be as different as chalk and cheese and it makes no difference whatsoever.

Prayer
Thank you, Father, that we’re already experiencing in our local churches what’s coming to the whole world one day.
Amen

Study by Jonathan Buck

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About the Author:
Jonathan Buck is an Elder and pastors two Grace Communion International congregations in Canada. He and his wife, Berry, pastored in the UK before moving to Canada a number of years ago. When they are visiting family in England they attend Grace Communion in Lewes.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Lewes
The Priory School
Mountfield Road
LEWES BN7 2XN

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Hilary Buck
Email: hilaryjbuck@gmail.com