Monday, March 28, 2011

In A Word: Alphabet

The alphabet plays a vital role in our language and of course in the writing of this article/blog. There would be no words and definitely no written words without the letters in our alphabet. Just think, 26 letters standing on their own don't look like much, but when placed in the right order they form millions of powerful and impacting words.When used for good those words can build relationships, establish strong foundations, and construct bridges of hope among many people of many different backgrounds. But, when used in a way that is not pleasing to the Father, words can destroy friendships, knock down walls of protection, and destroy the life of another.

The body of Christ, which is each and every believer, operates in a similar way as the alphabet. Standing alone, we may not look like much. Sure we may have been blessed with a gift of teaching, speaking, singing, healing, writing and so on, but on our own there's only so much we can do with those gifts. We need the gifts of other members of the body of Christ to come alongside us to make a much more powerful impact on others. As scripture points out, "The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?" (I Corinthians 12: 17 & 21) It is when we work together that we are able to fully accomplish life's purpose to the glory of God. "So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another" (Romans 12:5).

There's nothing like bringing 26 letters together to create beautiful stories, inspiring melodies, and heart felt letters of encouragement to friends and family. Just the same, there is nothing more beautiful than watching individual believers coming together in unity for the purpose of telling others about Christ's love. The words of Paul in Ephesians 4:1-6 state it best, "I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."

2 comments:

  1. As always, your reflections are well worth reading.

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  2. It is easy to forget we are all part of the whole and we are all vital members of The Body of Christ. Thank you for the reminder.

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