January 9, 2023

Check back each Monday for a short devotional with Chaplain Art Pace to help you start the week off well. 

“For the body does not consist of one member but of many.”

1 Corinthians 12:14

In his letters, the Apostle Paul often reminds his readers that none of us was designed by our Lord to be isolated from other Christians. Why would Paul have to address this so frequently? It must be because many of us are routinely tempted to think that we do not need a church to live a successful Christian life. Such a temptation is NOT of God, but of our adversary the Devil. 

Paul reminds us that, as Christians, we were not designed to live our lives apart. We need to be in fellowship with other Christians so that we can remain spiritually sharp and on fire. When an ember is removed from a burning fireplace it begins to grow cold and loses its light. But return that ember back in the burning fireplace and it regains its heat and glow. 

It is important that we see ourselves, not as loners, but as valuable members of the body of Christ. This should not surprise any Christian Service Members. Even the second sentence of the Soldiers Creed states, “I am a Warrior and a member of a team.”  

If we want to get the most from our Christian lives, then we must find a church that grows us spiritually and gives us opportunities to discover and use our unique spiritual gifts. Remember, each of us is a member of Christ’s team! 

How would others know that you are a member of Christ’s team? Would others describe your Christian life as hot or cold? 

Almighty God, forgive me when I ignore your church and try to go my own way. Like a shepherd, bring me back to the flock. And I promise I will work to be a faithful member of your team. Amen.