*This was supposed to post while I was gone…but for some reason Blogger messed up. Sorry!*
I’m still in Jamaica…but thought I would share with you a devotional I wrote for Kid’s Camp. Enjoy :)
Everyone has someone they don’t like or don’t get along with. It’s likely that there’s someone on this team that you wouldn’t consider your favorite person in the world. But for these few days at Kids Camp, you’re being told that you must get along with them and love them. The truth of the matter is, it’s not just about Kids Camp. We’re called to get along with and love everyone every day, whether we’re serving at a camp or not. The verses in the Bible about being unified and working as one don’t mention anything about Kids Camp. They don’t even talk about going away on a mission trip or leaving your home so that you can then get along with each other. Instead, the Bible tells us that we’re to work together and be one unified Body all the time.
Ephesians 4:2-3 says,” Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
“How good and pleasant it is, when brothers live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1)
John 17, 22-23 says, “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
Jesus prayed that we would all be unified as one. This goes along with working together. When we’re one Body, we aren’t functioning as different Body parts. Instead, we’re cooperating with each other and helping each other out. 1 Corinthians 12:26 says, “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” What happens to one of us happens to everyone. If another team member is having a great day, you should be happy with them. If someone gets hurt and is sad, you should comfort them and try to help them along. That’s teamwork; that’s what the Bible calls us to do.
The important thing to remember is that teamwork and unity go beyond Kids Camp. This isn’t a devotional where you can read it for one day of Kids Camp and then ignore the lesson as soon as you get back home. We’re called to be one Body all the time. That means we should be unified and working together 24/7.Whether you’re at home or at Kids Camp, try to implement teamwork and unity into your life.
• Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-31
• What’s one way that you can help unify the Body today?
• What Body part (spiritual gift) do you think you have that can make the Body stronger (verses 27-31 gives examples)?
• Is there any part of the Body that’s not unified? What can you do to fix it?