In the apostles’ creed, one of the many things we profess to believe in is “the communion of saints.” What exactly are we saying we believe when we say that? The Heidelberg Catechism answers this way.
What do you understand by the communion of saints?
that believers, all and everyone,
as members of Christ
have communion with him
and share in all his treasures and gifts.
that everyone is duty-bound
to use his gifts
readily and cheerfully
for the benefit and well-being
of the other members.
As Erik pointed out last Sunday, our communion with Christ means “the Spirit and gifts are ours” and as we’ll see this Sunday, that word “ours” is important. The Spirit and the gifts aren’t just ours in the sense of individual possession, but they are ours for the good of the whole body. Your gifts are for my good and mine are for yours, and all are indispensable.
One of the problems that can arise though, when God’s children each receive different gifts, is comparing. I’ve seen it with my kids at Christmas. “What they got is better than what I got!” Or, “What I got is better than what you got!” In 1 Corinthians 12:13-21, Paul says, “No. The Giver doesn’t give dispensable gifts.”
Randall Gruendyke will be preaching this week and Kenny Clark will be leading our sung worship. Would you pray for each as they prepare? And pray for our Grace body, that God would help each of us use his gifts readily and cheerfully and creatively in this extended time of physical separation from one another.
See you on livestream, Grace! Come hungry.
SONG LINK OF THE WEEK
Your Will Be Done by CityAlight