As we continue our series on school supply lists, the next item is glue. For better or worse, glue allows students to learn the concept of bonding things together and also affords the opportunity to clean up messes made with said glue. But nonetheless, glue also has some spiritual applications.
In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul uses chapter 12 to discuss spiritual gifts. The church in Corinth is in disarray because some feel that their spiritual gifts are more important than others. This causes disagreements and frustrations. It is at this point that Paul reminds them that they weren’t glued together by their skills or abilities, but rather their faith in Jesus. This “glue” also allows them to suffer together and rejoice together (1 Corinthians 12:24-26).
The writer of Hebrews talks about this same concept as they address the challenges facing believers in Rome. At this point, the church is wavering because of the persecution of the Roman emperors. Members no longer want to risk their lives to follow Jesus, and have decided to abandon the church. Life is challenging and difficult, and some have decided to get out. But it is here that the writer reminds the audience of what brought them together in the first place: Jesus. Jesus is faithful. Furthermore, the call of the church is to stand together, even when things get challenging.
Let’s face it, life can be hard at times. But as we are reminded of in 1 Corinthians 12, we were never intended to suffer or celebrate alone. That’s where the importance of glue comes in. Being a part of a church is like being a part of family. We cry and cheer together. This is what makes our church special. This week, take some time to reflect and thank those who have been your glue- those individuals who have been with you through the good times and the bad.