October 10, 2013
V 12 …mutually encouraged by each others faith, both yours and mine
These two verses really speak to how much we, the Body of Christ, the Church, can help each other. Paul is telling the church at Rome that he couldn’t wait to see them because he knew that they could minister to him. Paul, inarguably the greatest evangelist ever, apart from Christ, is saying that he would benefit from being around other believers. This is just another example of how the church is really intended to mirror a body with no one part more important than the other. When everyone does their part all things run smoothly and the church is as it is meant to be. Do we realize that the church is meant to be our resting place; the one place that we can go to as an escape from the world? It is the place that is filled with people who both love and serve God; so, naturally this is the place our hearts long to be. However, this isn’t always the case. For whatever reason sometimes parts of the “body” are sick or broken and we lose some of what Paul was talking about. How sad would we be if we one day realized that we, ourselves personally, was responsible for the body being broken?