Welcome to Wake up and Worship!!
Today we are studying Romans 15:26, which says:
For you see, the believers in Macedonia and Achaia[m] have eagerly taken up an offering for the poor among the believers in Jerusalem. (NLT)
for Macedonia and Achaia[e] were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. (HCSB)
The Greeks—all the way from the Macedonians in the north to the Achaians in the south—decided they wanted to take up a collection for the poor among the believers in Jerusalem. (The Message)
For [Gentile believers in] [b]Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints (Jewish believers) in Jerusalem. (Amplified Bible)
For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. (KJV)
Why we need to be a part of the Body of Christ?
We each have a role to play in the body of Christ. We all need each other to do our part for the body of Christ to work together.
Paul experienced this and was able to help make connections for separate bodies of Christ to work together as a whole. I am not certain but I do not think that the Gentiles and Jewish believers worshipped together. I am sure some did but I am also sure some did not. So, this is beautiful story of the Gentiles giving to the Jews in Jerusalem. And Paul was able to be able to be part of the story. This is truly people coming together for the body of Christ.
Have you ever seen this happen in your life or experienced this coming together?
When I was in highschool, youth groups in the church are not what they are today. So, organizations would come to the schools to do outreach and have meetings in churches or homes specific to that school area. One group that I was heavily involved in was called Student Venture which is part of Campus Crusade for Christ.
My leaders, Terry and Shelia Earwood, came along side families and schools to help teach and equip the students to be leaders and evangelize about Christ. This group meant a lot to me because it was my peers from school which was different from church which was kids from all over the surrounding counties. It was more intimate and I grew in relationship with Christ deeper. The students would go to my house and other people’s houses as well as meet in a church. We would also go on trips together. The leaders would come to the high school sports game and show up during the day at school. You had someone to talk to and was there for you. We would go to there house and hang out. They even helped me put furniture together for my bedroom when my mom and step dad divorced.
It was refreshing because it was not tied to church but it was still meeting with God. I loved bringing my friends from school with me and seeing friends from school there. It made us much more accountable to each other since we were all together during the day. I really enjoyed this time and it reminds me of how the body of Christ works that you all felt part of doing something bigger than yourself. I will always be thankful for the leaders who showed me Christ outside of Church.
Ephesians 4:16 states, “He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.”
In this group, came a lot of healing and showing me how to do life differently than I had done before. For one thing, I learned how to pray and read my Bible daily. I had a leader that I could talk to about anything and be myself which was hard for me to do in other settings.
I know that the group was praying for me. I saw older group leaders in college and go to see what being a Christian looked like in those years. It really hit home to me how having a Christain walk was so important. I knew how to lead people to Christ which I did and that was always so fulfilling.
We can’t and shouldn’t do this Christian walk alone. We need support and people showing us the way to healing. Or if we are healed then we can be the ones coming alongside people who need an example.
God uses people to show us Jesus. God uses people to heal us. God uses people to comfort and counsel us. We are not alone in this. God is always with us. Yet, he sends people or even groups of people to us to help us along in our journey. He speaks to us through people and books.
How People Grow by Dr. Henry Cloud and John Townsend, it states, “He came to live inside people and then lived out his wishes and will through them in a mystery called the Body of Christ.”
1 Peter 4:10-11 states, “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 11 Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.”
Relationships help us grow and we all have gifts to help each other grow. I love how the verse in Peter 4 says, “Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies.” God gave you your gift and he will give you what you need to use your gift. You don’t have to be worried about if you have what it takes to use it because God already promised to supply what you need to use the gift. The body of Christ needs you!
Lord, thank you for the Body of Christ and all the work that it does. The Body of Christ can be an extension of the church to help people grown in relationship with you and others towards bringing glory to you. Lord, we are need of healing as some point or another. Thank you for giving us safe places to be healed and to work on growing. Life can be hard and we thank you for giving us a support system through the body of Christ to do life with others. We love you, Lord. Amen.
Have a blessed day in the Lord! Remember, Jesus loves you!
Matthew Henry Commentary
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