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SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Corinthians 12:1-31
‘For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building’ – 1 Corinthians 3:9.
In every organization, there comes a time for change in leadership to enhance growth and progress. The Church as a spiritual organization also undergoes changes in leadership as God the employer desires.
Apostle Paul, in addressing the division in Corinth, likened the Church to four basic things to illustrate how God wants His Church to grow. The Church as:
1) A family should aim at maturity (1 Cor. 3: 1-4). Our maturity is evidenced in what we eat, say or do.
2) A farm is supposed to be fruitful and productive. It does not matter who tilled, planted or watered it, growth and increase is expected at the end for the harvest. Fruitfulness becomes evident in members demonstrating godly character.
3) A building- quality is achieved when the structure is able to stand the test of time.
4) The parts of the body- unity and diversity at its best (1 Cor. 12:12-31). Though different members, each part has a unique role to play to complement each other. None is superior to the other.
In my view, the Church can be compared to a company or football team where unity of purpose and co-operation are required to foster progress and growth. Progress can only be attained if there is ‘team-play’ where each member plays his or her role effectively and efficiently with an able leader who enjoys the full support of each team member.
Do I appreciate the importance of diversity of gifts and different ministries as in a team?
Whenever leadership is reshuffled, may I accept and offer my unflinching support, since there is a season and reason for specific gifts to meet specific needs. Amen.
Complement each other do not compete.
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