1 Corinthians 3:9, “For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.”
There are many verses in the New Testament that speaks of how we as the church are to walk together as one Body. Contrary to what many people think, we aren’t alone in our walk in a rugged individualism, we are together in unison, focused on Christ. You are never to be alone as a Christian, nor should you desire to be.
Think about it: if God chose you individually (and He certainly did before the foundation of the world), then your fellowship with God and others began with God. Yet, even though you came to Him individually, you’re hard-wired for relationships, and intimacy with God and others is God’s desire. God wants you to love one another as He loved you. This is why it is important to realize that Paul is not speaking to one person in the passage above, he is speaking to a collective you- or y’all as we like to say in the south!
This is in line with what the New Testament says about the church: Y’all are God’s field, God’s building. Y’all are “living stones…a spiritual house for a holy priesthood” (1 Peter 2:5). Y’all are Christ’s body (1 Cor 12:27), to attain to a unity of faith (Eph 4:13), under one Lord, one faith, one baptism (Eph 4:5), so that all things y’all do would be for the glory of God (1 Cor 10:31). It’s not you that does ministry, y’all do ministry, all empowered by Christ for Christ.
I hope that this is humbling. The church, then, is not about you, it’s about God being glorified by His people. This means making serious changes in your view of the relationships with God and others as His church. This means making Christ supreme in your daily walk, discarding your own comfort and convenience for Christ’s commission of the cross. This means finding ways to intentionally serve Christ and share Christ with others, and allowing Christ’s love to permeate all that you say and do.
It means being the y’all who love each other through thick and thin, where yall revolve around Christ and not the other way around. are the church, God’s church. A church for His glory who shares His gospel of grace with the world and with one another.
I am praying for y’all.