Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
I love this image.
Why? Because it's east to understand.
I can sit here and watch my fingers type, knowing that my toes are tapping to the beat of the music. Meanwhile, my heart, kidneys and other organs are working in unison. My brain is managing my breathing, heart rate and blinking without me even thinking about it. My conscious mind is trying to come up with the next sentence to write. All of these things are separate, yet they all make up who I am right now.
It gives me some slight insight into how the God that created the universe, the Jesus that died for our sins and rose from death, and the Holy Spirit all work separately, but in unison.
Can I grasp entirety of the Trinity? Nope. But, when Paul describes the body that makes up the church and equates it to Christ's body, I get that unity is important.
Getting together as a church body is important. Sunday morning is important. We need that time to encourage one another, to dedicate focused time towards God together, to laugh together, to sing together, and to just be together. Just like when I plug my mobile phone in to charge at night, we need to plug into the church body to recharge and prepare for another week.
For many of us, life isn't easy. We have things we are dealing with and although we don't necessarily bring them to Radius every week and lay it all out, we need that time to come together and re-connect with what it most important.
The world works really hard to pull us away from each other, to busy us with family drama, work emergencies, and whatever else. We are constantly battling to find the right balance between it all.
What the world broke apart, God put back together.
When we come together, God is with us. You can feel his presence from the time you arrive at the Shuffleboard Club, while you're pouring your coffee and greeting new friend, when the lead worshippers take us to his thrown-room to worship, while your snapping #shakeupselfies, when your are listening to the message, during our time of giving, all the way through the time you pass out your last love lunch. When we are together, amazing things happen. When we are together we are inspired to move out in ever-widening circles and change our world.
But don't take my word for it.
If you've felt God's presence when we are together, share it in the comments below. If you haven't been to Radius in a while, come join us. We miss you. If you've never been to Radius, come find out for yourself. It's an amazing experience.
So join us this Sunday as we begin our new series, Tempted. In the mean time, check out Michael's message on Unity from last Sunday here.