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December 14, 2021 7:00 pm
Jia Haixia lost his sight in the year 2000. His friend Jia Wenqi lost his arms as a child. But they’ve found a way around their disabilities. “I am his hands and he is my eyes,” Jia Haixia says. Together, they’re transforming their village in China.
Since 2002 the friends have been on a mission to regenerate a wasteland near their home. Each day Jia Haixia climbs on Jia Wenqi’s back to cross a river to the site. Jia Wenqi then “hands” Jia Haixia a shovel with his foot, before Jia Haixia places a pail on a pole between Jia Wenqi’s cheek and shoulder. And as one digs and the other waters, the two plant trees—over 10,000 so far. “Working together, we don’t feel disabled at all,” Jia Haixia says. “We’re a team.”
The apostle Paul likens the church to a body, each part needing the other to function. If the church was all eyes, there’d be no hearing; if all ears, there’d be no sense of smell (1 Corinthians 12:14–17). “The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’” Paul says (v. 21). Each of us plays a role in the church based on our spiritual gifts (vv. 7–11, 18). Like Jia Haixia and Jia Wenqi, when we combine our strengths, we can bring change to the world.
Two men combining their abilities to regenerate a wasteland. What a picture of the church in action!
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I don't need you. Paul says in first Corinthians chapter 12. Each of us plays a role in the church based on their spiritual gifts like she harsher Gia when she when we combine our strengths, we can bring change to the world. Two men combining their abilities to regenerate a wasteland. What a picture of the church election. Today's Scripture reading is from first Corinthians chapter 12 verses 12 to 21. Just as a body, though one has many parts, but all its many pots form one body, so it is with Christ, for we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body with the Jews or Gentiles, slave or free, and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
Even so, the body is not made up of one part but of many. Now if the foot should say because I'm not a hand, I do not belong to the body. It would not for that reason. Stop being part of the body and of the year should say because I'm not an I do not belong to the body. It would not for that reason. Stop being part of the body.
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, but in fact God has placed the parts in the body.
Every one of them just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, we would the body be as it is. There are many parts, one body, the eye cannot say to the hand. I don't need you and the head cannot say to the feet, but I need you to pray together or Jesus, thank you that none of us has to be everything to everyone. Your spirit has given us different gifts and abilities that dovetail beautifully as we serve together would you show us today.
How to use our gifts in partnership with others. Would you show us how to work together as a team. It's in your name we pray, Lord Jesus. Amen. Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries