Day 14

“The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 12:12

 

The Amazing Race is a reality television series where teams race around the world seeking clues, solving puzzles, and trying to finish ahead of the pack. In 2005, they held a family edition in which each group contained four family members. These members helped each other out physically, mentally, and emotionally throughout the race and stayed together even when they were tempted to go in multiple directions. What would you think if three of the four members of one of these teams decided the fourth was not pulling their weight and asked the producers to send that person home? Even if you agreed with their assessment, you would be shocked if they were to be so ruthless to one of their own family members. They would never do that. Why? Because family helps family.

When a family member is struggling the rest of the family picks them up and helps them cross the finish line. As a body of believers, we are running a race around this world, but it is not to win a million dollars, it is to tell lost people the message of Christ. If we see a weak member, we do not drop them off like excess baggage and we do not jump ship when our family as a whole is struggling. We help one another in whatever way we can. We challenge and encourage those around us to give it all we have toward the goal. We want to finish this race with a smile on our face and hand in hand. How can you encourage those in your spiritual family this week?

  • Elaine Saramago

    Pray, I also can call because they are in another state, visit the ones near by and assist with anything I can. Send a love basket of goodies. Actions of love ❤️ Around this time last year my grandmother 98 was slowly fading away, she had a healthy Christian example life. But she keep on saying ask God to take me home. I accepted because she was ready to meet her maker. It was very hard but I had peace. Everyone pitch in to visit and help with grandma. I am glad I could help a little. My mom was home with her til the end. Most of her closest family members were there to say goodbye. Family is for better or for worse.

  • angelamoe

    I had to read this twice to notice, they are talking about the body of Christ. All our sisters and brothers in Christ. That means our church family. I need a small group. I need to be more connected to the body.

  • Michael Elwell

    Yes angelamoe I truly agree. I have been a part of a small group from the church. Through the holidays I have been unable to meet up with them. But it was not until I was able to reconnect with them that I understood how much that I missed them and how truly important they are. We need to be there for each other. Being a part of a group is truly vital to that. It is something that we just talked about in our group and now gow wanted me to hear it once more here. So I want to encourage anyone reading this to look for and become a stronger member of the family.

  • Nata P.

    Our spiritual family is everyone who was created by God. So, our spiritual family is EVERYONE.
    We have busy lives. We are focus on achieving our daily goals. We work hard, we take care of our children, we take care of our spouses, we take care of our houses. Some of us work on weekly projects around the house. Some of us work on hobbies and spend most of our time trying to achieve some physical or intellectual goals.
    How often do we take time out of our busy schedule to help others?
    How often we go beyond our comfortable zone to help others?
    I assume that most of us are still taking baby steps towards helping others and giving more time to the ones in need.
    I am working hard to manage my busy schedule and making time to serve others. It is not an easy task, but can be done.
    Today, I pray for strength, so we can stop being self-centered and find balance to become more like Jesus.
    Lets serve our family in Christ, which is EVERYONE.

    Blessings to all!

  • Lynne Campbell

    Wow really good