Rejoice with those who rejoice.
In three consecutive parables in Luke
15, Jesus tells stories about people who
lost something—a sheep, a coin, and a
child—and, having found it again, throw
a party to celebrate. We can relate to
the joy described in the finale of these
parables. Instinctively we too welcome
friends and family to our birthdays,
weddings, and new homes because we
are happiest when others rejoice with us.
Our shared joy with other believers is
rooted in our shared life. As today’s
passage makes clear, there are no
solo Christians. Each believer is united
to Christ, which therefore brings that
person into relationship with everyone
else who is united to Christ. The rich
diversity of the members—feet, hands,
eyes, and ears—means that each
one makes important and unique
contributions to the flourishing of the
whole body. Just as a physical body
needs each of its parts, the body of
Christ needs each member. And just as
damage or health in one part of a body
has implications for the rest, suffering
or rejoicing by an individual member of
Christ affects everyone in the church.
While unbelievers might greet one
another’s successes with inward
envy, believers can give thanks for
the blessings God has granted those
around us, because we know that
a blessing given to them is also a
blessing to the whole body. The Lord
places the parts in the body, each one
with unique gifts and graces, for the
good of everyone (vv. 18–19).
In prayer, sick members can give
thanks for healthy members, financially
needy members can praise the Lord for
financially stable members, and lonely
members can rejoice with those whom
God sets in families. Such thanksgiving
furthers our unity, keeping us from
division and expressing our “equal
concern for each other” (v. 25).
Apply the Word
Repeatedly in Paul’s letters, he expresses his joy in
the believers’ growing faith. He tells the Corinthians
that he gives thanks for them “always” (1 Cor. 1:4)
and the Ephesians that he “does not cease” to
give thanks for them (Eph. 1:16). Like Paul, we must
embrace every opportunity to rejoice with others at
the grace of God in their lives.
Pray with Us
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