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Blessing or Burden?

Weekly Devotionals

Blessing or Burden?

Colossians 3:13-14

13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

“Every member serves the whole body, either to its health or to its destruction.”

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together

When we think of the church it helps to use the biblical imagery of a physical body to understand what a healthy community looks like. Like our bodies, the church is a living organism and its main identity is not found in any sort of formal structure, but in its relationship with Christ and each other. When we take efforts to encourage and care for one another we help to foster health and bring life to the body. If we fail or are unwilling to carry out these acts of love our only remedy is to rely on empty formal structures; such as church hierarchy or programs, which in themselves cannot produce the life that Christ wishes to give all of us. We can either decide to be a taker or a contributor, a blessing or a burden, a participant or an observer. In either case, we will serve the church in some form – either to its growth or to its destruction. It is only when we discover and realize that real church health has this personal dimension of love and forgiveness that we come to see creative ways to build up the body and bring us in closer union with Christ. Take time today to reflect and pray on where you might be in this scale between blessing and burden and ask the Lord to guide you towards a life that is full for both yourselves and the church community around you.