“For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body - whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free - and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:13
When Paul declared we “have all been made to drink into one Spirit,” the Greek verb he used for “drink” was also used in his day to describe irrigation. The implication here is that when we drink into the one Spirit, He enters our innermost being and begins to work in us much like water in the ground of a garden. A church is like a garden. We all need the same water to remain alive, but just because we live off of the same water doesn’t mean we are all meant to produce the same food.
In order to be an effective and nutritious garden, we must produce all different kinds of things like fruits, vegetables, herbs and plants. If we all produced the same thing we would not only offer a limited amount of nutrition, we would also be very boring. According to God’s design, unity and abundant life come as the result of every part doing the specific thing they were made to do within the whole. We see this in the physical world in gardens, in how our bodies function, and even in how our solar system operates. It should be no surprise that this is also how God designed the church to work.
This Sunday we are going to open 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 together and look at the most famous metaphor found in the Bible for the church. As verse 27 states, “Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.” What we’ll discover is not only that we need God in order to stay alive and to thrive, we also need each other. The greatest way to know, experience, and live like Jesus is to stop trying to do it alone and to allow the Spirit to to work through us together.
God bless you all and hope to see you there!