Sometimes when I read multiple books at the same time, there is a common thread that can be seen.
Among the books I am reading now is the management book, The Wisdom Of Crowds: (Why The Many Are Smarter Than The Few And How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies, And Nations), by James Surowiecki. At the same time I am looking at our worship series Committed to Christ, by Bob Crossman, as well as The Covenant Bible Study, the study we are using for our adult Sunday school class in the basement parlor.
One of the points that James Surowiecki makes through research studies in The Wisdom Of Crowds is that a diverse, yet connected group of persons makes better decisions than they do separately, and also better decisions that even the smartest person in the group. He also tells us that persons more likely to pay their taxes, and persons are less likely to cheat on their taxes if they believe that everyone else is paying their fair share of taxes also. This also has implications on their contributions (both financial and non-financial) to a larger group as a whole. If we believe that everyone is contributing fairly, according to their gifts, graces, and resources, we are more likely to contribute what we have to the larger group.
As we have been talking about our Commitment to Christ in Sunday morning worship, I have been challenging each of us to personally take a step or two in growing in our commitment to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The areas of spiritual growth that have been highlighted are personal prayer, Bible reading, regular worship attendance, witnessing about our faith to others, financial giving, and service to others. If each of us takes a step toward personal spiritual growth, our congregation as a whole will bolder, more fearless and led to a greater degree by the Holy Spirit and by Jesus.
And last week in our Covenant Bible Study, as we studied Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, we learned about how each of us are a unique and important part of the Body of Christ.
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.
– 1 Corinthians 12:12
So here is a common thread in the three completely different books: All of us are part of the Body of Christ and also this congregation together. If all of us (or at least the majority of us) make it a point to grow in our faith this coming year, the Body of Christ will benefit from each of our individual contributions to the whole. And when more of us contribute our fair share of prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness – it enhances the probability that even more of us will serve our Lord and God with all of our heart, and mind, and soul, and strength!
Something for each of us to think about, huh? See you in church!
May God Bless Us!