I remember being young and hearing young middle school girls giggling about their innocent flirting efforts and first relationships with boys. They would chirp the popular line, “You know opposites attract!” when one of them would get insecure about their significant other’s opposing hobbies to her own.
Even now I look at my marriage, and even the state of the church today and wonder why that phrase became the cliché that it has.
My husband and I are completely different… like COMPLETELY. Someone asked me what I saw in him—why I fell in love with him. And I realized, as I reflected upon the Christ-like qualities that he excelled in, and that I struggled in. He inspires me to grow and be more like Christ, especially in ways I don’t do as naturally.
Romans 12:4-5 “For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.”
We do not all have the same function. Therefore, we ALL must learn to submit to one another in humility and love, allowing the work of the Holy Spirit to flow throughout the entire body.
What does that mean for us? We each have a responsibility to:
1 - Seek God. Seek the face of Jesus. Pursue His heart and love Him unapologetically.
2 - Lean into the body He’s placed you in! Commit to building relationship, and connecting with those He’s put in your path. Get involved in a ministry! Serve! And in complete encouragement, don’t hide or isolate yourself. There is so much more. There is fullness to experience in this.
3 - Pray for those He’s put in your life and share words that He’s given to you. Share His Word—the Bible—with others.
Church, lets be the “C”hurch! Love each other by being present. Even in times of disagreement, appreciate that someone had enough trust in you to express their innermost thoughts and opinions. We cannot grow into the fullness He’s called us to without first pursuing Him, and second being obedient to be interwoven into His Church, loving one another building each other up.
Ephesians 4:15-16 “but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”