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Truly beautiful people

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The church is to be thought of as a body. A physical body is characterized by both unity and variety, so that each member of the body is useful to all the rest, but also needs all the rest.
TRULY BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE
 Deacon John Ruscheinsky
 
The truly beautiful people are God's gifted children. Who are they? They are not necessarily those who look good in a bathing suit, or when decked out in a fashionable outfit for golf, a ball game, or a party. They are certainly not those who glory in the superficial things of what our culture deems success. Rather, they are those who have a gift for living - a gift for living meaningfully, lovingly, and with integrity. They are those whose lives are fulfilling the will of God.
 
Truly beautiful persons are those who know what matters, and what does not matter. They know that the world is preoccupied with outward appearances, but that God looks into the heart, and know that life consists in the abundance of what is given rather than received. They know that joy is found less in achieving than in serving, less in triumph than in trust. They know that we are God's gifted children, the brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ himself.
 
The truly beautiful people of God, aware of their gifts also possess an awareness of the source of those gifts. The church at Corinth made a tragic mistake. Though they were not "lacking in any spiritual gift," they allowed their gifts to become sources of pride and dissension. Paul insisted that their many gifts had the one Spirit as their source. Remembering that a gift is a gift helps us keep things in perspective. Each of us can say, I have been gifted, and the only proper response is gratitude and stewardship.
 
Further, the truly beautiful people of God live the constant awareness of how our giftedness is best expressed - namely, in community, in the company and service of the rest of God's gifted children. The analogy Paul used for the church, here and elsewhere, is quite simple, yet exceedingly profound. The church is to be thought of as a body. Indeed, it is to be thought of as the body of Christ. A physical body is characterized by both unity and variety, so that each member of the body is useful to all the rest, but also needs all the rest.
 
Point to Pray and Ponder: Magnificent vision of the Christian community. No Christian alone is complete, just as no bodily part is independent of the rest. We are roped together!!! With God's greatest gift His Love.
 
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