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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Hand in Hand

"This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad." 1 Corinthians 12:25-26

I have been thinking about the body of Christ as of late. When I think of the body of Christ and each of us working on improving our faith, I picture a tall mountain. All the way up the mountain, starting at the base and working its way to the summit is a line of people. At the top is God, reaching down toward us. Each of us are at different levels of faith. It is our job as Christians to be reaching ahead to someone that is a little further in the faith, for help in our journey. We are reaching towards someone (and of course God) who can further us along, but we also are reaching backward, to help ones that are coming behind us. We all stand hand in hand helping each other up the mountain.

Some of us may be just starting this journey and have a long way to go. Those ahead of you are saying, "You can do it." Perhaps some are resting beside a cool mountain stream, being refreshed and renewed by their Heavenly Father. Or perhaps you are in the briers and brambles along the path, caught up in the difficulty of a situation. God reaches down to you and lovingly says, "Look to me, my child." Then there are those who can see the end of their journey, when they get to be with God forever. They are looking forward to what lies ahead, but also reaching back to say, "Follow me, so we can join our Heavenly Father together."

For me, this is a picture of what the body of Christ looks like. We are each here, to be a help for someone else. Who can you reach out to today?

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