That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of Life, (for the Life was revealed, and we have seen it and bear witness, and show to you the everlasting Life, who was with the Father and was revealed to us), that which we have seen and heard we declare unto you, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And we write these things to you so that your joy may be full. – 1 John 1:1-4
Did you ever play with those LEGO construction toys when you were a kid? Even if you never did, let me give a brief description here. The ones I am quite familiar with are the hundreds of interlocking plastic blocks with which you could build any structure you wanted (or, so we thought as kids). Each plastic block has round locks and keys with which it fits into others and the bricks come in different colours and sizes, and even shapes! Your task is to fit and arrange them in intersections and alignments such that whatever structure you build stands. Imagine that you want to build a house with your LEGO set and some of the pieces in one corner of the structure, perhaps the foundation, are bad and damaged…
Just like those individual LEGO bricks are pieced together to make a whole new structure, individuals make up the bunch. So what’s LEGO got to do with you and Christ? Plenty!
The Church is the body of Christ, and we, Christians, are the Church, hence the body of Christ. It is so easy to get ‘lost’ in the euphoria of “unity in Christ” that we forget that basically, Christianity is first about individuality! Let me explain.
There is a common saying that the strength of a chain is dependent on its weakest link. Since individuals make up the team, if each individual does not grow and build up her/his strength, sooner than you expect, the weakness will tell on the team as a whole. Individuals have to work and make sure they are personally effective and efficient so that they can bring something to the table for all to work with.
Our walk with God is an individual walk. Your relationship with God is a personal one and, as such, it is crucial that you endeavour to be the best that you can be as a person. Take responsibility for your own actions and spiritual growth. Always remember that you will be judged alone and that you will account for your own for your own actions. We know that iron sharpens iron, but if all irons were blunt, we would have some really hard work on our hands! We need each other to grow stronger as Christians, no doubt, but we should not neglect our individual nourishment in the place of personal fellowship with God.
In summary, it is important to know God for yourself. If most Christians could confidently say that they know God on a personal level, and not just rely on ‘corporate anointing’, then we would have a vibrant Church. There would be many people to actually assist our pastors in growing the Church and getting the gospel out to the needy. We would not have to always wait until Sunday for the Word; neither would we have to run to our pastors at the slightest appearance of challenges. Now, go get your ‘LEGO’ fixed!
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