so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.

Freedom in Christ is too often expressed, whether we admit it or not, as “I can do what I want, as long as it’s not evil, because Jesus set me free.” But does the Bible more often talk about this “freedom in Christ” or does it more often talk about being a slave to Christ (which is true freedom anyway).

A few years ago, I heard Reed Arvin speak about how our gifts and talents don’t actually belong to us, even though they are given to us. They belong to those around us, especially the community of faith. And it’s way more fun this way.

Back when I worked in a music store, I knew a number of people who were regular customers and amazing musicians. But some of these folks had one major handicap. They could play bass, keyboards, guitar, whatever… just great… but put them with a band, and they froze up, or didn’t play with the others, or didn’t sound good with the others… because they never played their music with anybody but themselves.

The beauty of the harmony of life is that it requires others… others who we belong to and who belong to us…

God, help us to recognize that to be free in you, we need to serve, we need to be part of the body you have established here on earth, we need to belong not to ourselves, but to each other.

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