Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (Romans 12:4-5)
We are members of his body. (Ephesians 5:30)
None of us lives to himself alone. (Romans 14:7)
What a wonderful picture we have painted for us as His church—all members of the body of Christ! And not only are we members of His body, we actually belong to each other. We truly are our “brother’s keeper” (Genesis 4:9).
The “one body” speaks of our unity. The “many members” speaks of our diversity. And the “belonging to all the others” speaks of our interdependency. We each need each other! There is no such thing as a self-sufficient saint.
Notice this truth too: there is no “I” in the word TEAM, because the good of the all always outweighs the good of the one.
What a great privilege we have been given by God! To be on His team, pouring ourselves out for His glory and the good of others . . . expanding the cause of His kingdom rather than advancing our own agenda. This is the Christian life. This is living a life of meaning, significance, and purpose. And it can only be lived out in community. Christianity is indeed a team sport.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!