Romans 12:4-5 and Ripe Blueberries with Unripe Blueberries, Bellevue, Nebraska.
“For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” Romans 12:4-5
Maturing and Growing Together in Christ
Within the body of Christ (the Church) there exist many different believers growing in their faith. Not only does each believer receive different gifts from God, but each believer is at a different level of spiritual maturity.
Just as an unripe blueberry needs to grow and mature, so do new believers. Those stronger in their faith provide wisdom and encouragement to those newer in their faith and in their walk with God. Together, both new Christians and those more mature in their faith, are to walk side by side as we grow in love and faith in Christ.
And just like some of these blueberries have already been harvested, many believers have gone on to be with the Lord. The Christians who remain are called up by God to take their place.
Read all of Romans 12.