Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thankfulness: From Hand to Heart Day 24

"Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?" 1 Corinthians 10:16 NIV
     Paul wrote these words to encourage the Corinthians to stay strong in the midst of the enticements of the world. They were participating in things that weren't furthering their ministry, or strengthening their faith. He wanted them to remember that they partook of communion to show that they were part of a community: the body of Christ.

   And that is why I chose this verse to be part of this plan. We are part of that same body. Whether we are taking the Lord's Supper, or simply going to Wednesday night supper, we are (or should be) part. And when we are part of the body that is something to be thankful for-we get to participate in Christ's plan, we are able to work alongside of Him to glorify the Father.

"[I]n 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, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body." 1 Corinthians 12:18-20 NIV

   We are all here for a reason. We all get to participate. Being part of your local church, and of course, the worldwide body of Christ is a privilege. We give thanks that He saved us, that He made us a part of Himself, and also, we give thanks for all of those who share in that. We give thanks because we are allowed, invited, and encouraged to participate. 

Today's Reflection:
Are you thankful for your place in the body? How can you give and show your gratitude for the church-both near and far? Give thanks today that you, and all other believers, are allowed to participate in Christ's body. Together. 

Looking for the printable scripture writing plan? Or another day of the "Thankfulness: From Hand to Heart" study? Find them here!

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