Now all of you together are Christ's body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it (1 Corinthians 12:27).
A tale is told of a concert performed by a symphony orchestra in a large city. When the concert began, the audience couldn't believe its eyes! Here were 70 empty seats on stage with various instruments placed in front of each seat.
Absurd as it may sound, there was only one man in the entire orchestra, and he would frantically run from instrument to instrument, to the direction of the conductor, and play one note here and another note there. He'd go from trumpet, to saxophone, to violin, to the drums, and thus all around the orchestra, trying to keep up with the conductor's time.
The audience sat there in stunned disbelief. This went on for an hour. When the intermission came, someone in the audience quickly went up to the conductor and asked him if this were some kind of joke.
"No, sir," said the conductor. "This man thinks he's the best musician in the orchestra and he doesn't need
everyone else, so he has decided to play every instrument himself."
Of course, this is just an allegory. It really did not happen. But isn't that what many Christians are like?
They are content to live their Christian lives by themselves without seeking the fellowship of others. There is no possible way that we can exist as a healthy Christian without fellowship.
A reading of the Scriptures clearly reveals that God is very corporate-minded; that is, He places much importance on His children working together. A good example is in 1 Corinthians chapter 12, where God describes the spiritual gifts given to His people: "A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church" (v. 7, NLT).
In verse 12, God says, "The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up only one body." He refers to believers as a body, with each of us being a different part of that body.
There is a famous quote that I am sure you have heard: "No man is an island." That is certainly true in God's kingdom.
In the fictional one-man orchestra above, you can imagine what the music sounded like -- disconnected, uncoordinated and offbeat. That is what a Christian's spiritual life is like in isolation from other members of
the body of Christ.
"Let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near" (Hebrews 10:25, NLT).
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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