St Paul writing to the Corinthian church using the model of the body parts elucidates the point that the members of the church are part of one body of Christ and thus no member could choose not be belong since we are inherently connected to one another. Thus he accounts that even if any part of the body could choose not to belong to the body it is nevertheless part of the body. He makes an example using the eye, head, ear, hand, nose etc.(12 vs. 12-26)
In essence we are called to recognising that we are all members of one family, one body of Christ, and one community. Thus we are to work hard in instilling the values of community and inter-dependence among our members and the entire human race.
The point is we belong together and thus cannot choose family we were bound together in heaven. Your joy is my joy and your pain is my pain. Thus there should be no loneliness in our faith community. Thus no one should suffer alone when blessed with so many brothers and sisters, and mothers and fathers.
We need to be intentional about knowing members of our family and thus should take the monthly fellowship teas and other initiatives very seriously by ensuring our regular attendance. We also need to be proactive in introducing ourselves to those we have not met and are seating next to us on Sundays.
St Paul writing to the Romans accounts that we have different gifts given according to the grace to us being prophecy, teaching, exhortation, , ministry, giving, and leading (12 vs. 6-8). Furthermore, writing to the Corinthians he accounts that through the manifestation of the spirit gifts are given to each one for the common good. Thus there are a variety of gifts being healing, working miracles, prophecy, discernment of spirits, tongues and other various kinds (12 vs. 8-10).
In essence each one of us here today has a unique gift entrusted to you by God for the common good of this community. Through using your gift and talent one contributes in the building and growing of Gods kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven.
We are to recognise that each one of us is here on earth because God wants to achieve something special through you. Thus serving in the church and in the world is not for us as children of God an optional extra but a primary function. We are called to mission and ministry. Mission is acts of love done outside the church in our communities while ministry is our acts of love done within the church community.
We are called therefore to taking seriously our individual and collective Christian responsibilities and obligations within the church and society.