Reading: Romans 16:21-24
I don't know about you, but I still look at chili with suspicion. A story about a severed finger found in Wendy's chili in 2005 did me in. The plot turned out to be a hoax-one woman hoped to cash in on a lawsuit. Instead she landed in jail. Meanwhile, Wendy's will never be the same to me--there is something horrible about severed body parts.
Each of us who believe in Christ is a member of the Body of Christ. Like the ears or eyes or even the gall bladder, we depend on each other to properly function. Together we minister the way God intended. Together we are beautiful. But severed from one another...we're at best ineffective and at worst, a horrible hoax.
The Apostle Paul was surrounded by others on whom he depended and with whom he partnered for the sake of the gospel. One of the greatest joys you can know is fulfilling your purpose in partnership with others. You don't have to look very hard for where you will fit in. Just look for the next person you can serve.