Necessary People

No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.

1 Corinthians 12:22

Thank You, LORD, for Your amazing love and care for us. You are God Almighty, Creator of the heavens and the earth. We bow down to worship You and praise Your holy name. Today we want to pray for our brothers and sisters who are in need of encouragement. You know them all by name and You know what they are going through. Some of them think they are too weak to serve You. But that’s not so! Your Word reminds us that those which seem to be weaker are necessary. And in Your Word we read that those who wait on You shall renew their strength. We ask for You to be their Strength and a very present Help in time of their trouble. In Jesus mighty name we pray. Amen.

It’s amazing how our essentials change. Months ago we would have been eager to follow the advice of “five a day” or “eat your greens.” What is essential for these days?

In a time of abundance it’s harder to choose, isn’t it? Just think of all the choices we have to make on a daily basis. Or, should I say: we used to have to make on a daily basis?

Things changed. Now, due to the stay-at-home restrictions and the lower stock of what used to be essential items, there is a limited range of things available.

This restriction of movement and reduction of items doesn’t have to be a bad thing, though. In a time of abundance our view is often blurred about what is really important and what isn’t. Also the people who are quite necessary might not get our attention as they should.

1 Corinthians 12:12-31 explains that members of the body of Christ are necessary (essential) and how we are in need of working together. I want to draw your attention especially to verses 22-26 where it says:

No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.
And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty,
but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it,
that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.
And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

Who comes to your mind right now? Think of how you can esteem that person today.

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