This is the audio from the October 6, 2019 sermon, “Living As ONE!”, shared by Tom Lemler at the North Wayne Mennonite Church.
Text: 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
Here are the main points from the sermon:
Being one in Christ means we learn to live as:
- 1 Corinthians 12:15-16, 2 Corinthians 10:5 — Living as one with Christ and with one another will require a steadfast pursuit of an obedient life. One key to bringing our actions into obedience to the will of God is learning to “take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ.” Our obedience to Christ will lead us to do the work that God uniquely created us to do. Not only do we grow in obedience to Christ, our living as one should lead us to a greater obedience or submission to one another. .
- 1 Corinthians 12:17-21, Ephesians 4:11-16 — Living as one with Christ will also require a recognition of how necessary we are as a part of His body. Our culture seems to have trained us in the very bad habit of evaluating a person’s usefulness based on a standard that doesn’t take into account what each person was created to do. When we come to understand that we are vital to the well-being of the body as a whole, we are more likely to live as one with those who bring different gifts and abilities to the body.
- 1 Corinthians 12:22-25, Romans 15:5-14 — Living as one with Christ will also require that we accept that we are enough just as Christ made us. To be fair and honest, this isn’t an excuse to quit growing and improving. God’s desire is that we would always give Him our best and be our best in our interactions with others. What it does mean, however, is that when we offer ourselves fully to the work of the Lord, what we offer is enough. We don’t have to become what someone else is or what they want us to be — in fact, doing so would often lessen the effectiveness of the body as it would be missing the part we were created to be!
Choosing to live as ONE will always have to begin with me. I must live as Obedient, Necessary, and Enough before I can expect that from others. Because we are part of one body, the body of Christ, after applying these lessons to ourselves we then begin to see how each attribute benefits the body. Our obedience prospers when it is built on the Word of God and grows out of submission to one another. Our sense of belonging grows when we realize just how necessary we are and how equally necessary all of the other members of the body are. Our value is measured accurately when we no longer have to measure up to the standards and expectations of another person whose task is different than ours. When the body functions as one and each part of the body lives as Obedient, Necessary, and Enough, we will make great strides in being the disciples God has called us to be and the witnesses for Jesus that He needs us to be.