I happened to be reading in a book that we as humans ask questions. Children ask questions all the time as they come to understand the world around us.
Albert Einstein constantly asked question about the universe and how it worked. Pastor Tommy Moseley put forth a question, a question that we have to ask and constantly ask: Who are you?
1. We are here to be salt and light.
Most everyone understands what it means to be the light as light shows us the way through darkness. But salt? Matthew 5:13 answers that: You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
If we are to lose our seasoning, our flavor, our uniqueness then we are worthless and to be trampled. Much like a lamp that is never lit; it isn't fulfilling its purpose and is just dead weight.
2. God gives us spiritual gifts.
God blessed you with a spiritual gift which you can find by taking the spiritual gift test on this site. But we have to recognize that gift and then use it.
These individual gifts were given to us to strengthen our lives, our church and our community. But like the lamp that doesn't give light, it won't be much good if we don't use it.
1 Corinthians 12:4-5 says, There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.
3. We make up the body of Christ.
Right back at 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 says, There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.
1 Corinthians 12:8-31 continues about how important each of us is to Him and His plan. He compares us to parts of the body; the ear has a function as does the liver but the liver should not be jealous of the ear as they are parts of a whole.
4. You don't want to mess with the bride.
Now Jesus considers us part of his body much like a man considers his wife part of his body. Many times throughout the Bible we see that Jesus considers us the bride and there is one thing that we know to be true; never mess with a man's bride.
Pastor Tommy said it pretty accurately when he said though he is a pastor and loves God if someone attacked his wife he would put all that aside and defend her how ever he would have to. Jesus feels the same way Pastor Tommy does and will protect us but more importantly he will also take action against us if we are attacking His body.
Think of it as a cancer; parts of the body gone bad attacking other body parts. If you are unable to hear the cancer you typically cut out the problem and Jesus will do the same if he has to.
5. Think of other people and their problems and you will forget about you own.
I once worried about my shoes which were worn and beat. Until I saw man with no feet.
As part of the body of Christ; as a light to all and salt on the earth we are commanded to reach out to others and give them hope, help and share our gifts.
Pastor Tommy told us not to be one of the thousands that watch the game in the bleachers but one of the few that play the game for Him.