Jesus is the Answer

I’d like to tell you about my friend, whom I’ll call Tony (not his real name). Like me, Tony is a member of the body of Christ that meets at Piedmont Church of Christ.

Tony once believed and practiced Islam. Tony’s life hasn’t been easy or simple. He struggles. He works hard. Things don’t always go Tony’s way.

Tony and I don’t agree on everything. I’ve learned quite a bit from him and he’s learned some things from me. I love him and he loves me. Why? Because we’re brothers in Christ.

Tony and I are members of the body of Christ. As such, we are different.  Look at 1 Corinthians 12:

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The Holy Spirit, inspiring the Apostle Paul, teaches us all about different gifts in the first part of 1 Corinthians 12. Verse 4 begins, “Now there are varieties of gifts…” We are different and that is according to God’s design. We have different gifts. This leads to different perspectives.

We are like a physical body with its different members. Each member of a physical body has a different function, a different purpose. Each member is specialized. Like members of a physical body, the body of Christ is made up of many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body. That’s what 1 Corinthians 12:12 tells us.

Tony and I are different. Tony is a black man and I am a mixture of German, Scottish, Irish, and Cherokee. Tony once believed in Islam. I once believed in something (agnostic) and eventually found Christ. We have different backgrounds and different perspectives.

We are members of the body of Christ. Why? Because we know God and obey the gospel (2 Thessalonians 1:8). We were baptized into the body of Christ (Romans 6:3, Galatians 3:27).

How do people of such opposing backgrounds come to love one another? There is only one answer: Jesus is the Answer.

Why Feed the Birds?

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For the birds…

Winter weather is predicted for Farmville and I am out of bird seed.

But wait – Jesus told his disciples, “Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!” (Luke 12:24, English Standard Version). God’s got this. It’s in the Bible. I don’t need to feed the birds. Right?

For the people…

No matter what you believe about the eternal destination of people, all followers of Christ believe Jesus knows who will spend eternity with him in heaven. So if Christ already knows, why evangelize?

Are we are Christ’s Body?

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In 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, Paul writes that we are Christ’s body. We are his hands and feet.

Is it possible that Jesus is feeding the birds – and reaching those who will spend eternity with him in heaven – by using his body?