This week’s texts are inspired by the book Killing Kryptonite: Destroy What Steals Your Strength by John Bevere, a speaker and author I especially appreciate.
In his book Killing Kryptonite, John Bevere, the author, draws inspiration from the special forces unit of the United States Navy to sharpen our awareness of the significance of the body of Christ.
Drawing on the experience of one of his friends, the author specifically defines the role and positions of the Navy SEAL comrades-in-arms. In particular, he recalls his friend saying, “The last person a SEAL thinks of is himself.”
John Bevere also refers to this verse: “Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not [merely] his own interests, but also each for the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:4, AMPC) By drawing this parallel, he clearly articulates the following fundamental principles:
- Put others’ interests before your own,
- Behave as a servant,
- Consider others as more important than yourself,
- Take care of one another.
In the body of Christ, God had foreseen that we would act like these soldiers: in other words, by working as a single entity, as a single body. In fact, it’s by functioning as a team that we’ll be able to protect each other.
What does this have to do with you specifically this morning? You may not perceive the importance of your role in this great family of God, in the body of Christ, and yet! You have a unique role to play, a role that’s specific to you. A mission that no one can accomplish for you. I invite you to consider this and to not underestimate your place, if this is your case.
Would you like to pray with me right now?…“Father, show me what You expect of me in this beautiful body You’re building. Teach me to not think or act individually but to remain in oneness with the body. I want to become an excellent comrade-in-arms for others, with Your help! In Jesus’s name, amen.”
You are important to the Lord and to His church. I believe it. Do you believe it?