Day 23

December 20

December 20

1 Corinthians 1:3-9

3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, 5 for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind- 6 just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you- 7 so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. 8 He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

One Body in Christ

by David Rosselli

There is a peace that comes from fellowship with fellow Christians. It is a restorative thing to share our faith in conversation and in time spent with one another. In those moments where we share our faith and pray for one another, we gain strength, wisdom and peace through reflection as we join together as one body in Christ. This is one of the great gifts that Jesus gave us, along with the Holy Spirit, to sustain us during our time on earth. This is why Paul writes to the church at Corinth – even in its flawed and struggling state – that they “have been enriched in every way” (vs. 5).

As one body in Christ, we draw strength from the spiritual giftings, the wisdom and the experience of other Christians. Where one of us is weak, we gain strength from another in whom God has given strength. As our humanity and weakness is revealed, so is God’s perfect provision. He is glorified as we rely on His provision through the body of Christ to meet our needs and answer our prayers for strength, support and provision.

Jesus did not form us as Christians to be alone in the world. We were not made in His image to walk through this life separated or isolated. Together as believers, we strengthen one another, revealing God’s work in each other as we refine our faith and share in corporate worship at the prayers God answers among the faithful and in prayer together as one body when the brokenness of our world becomes overwhelming.

These last 18 months have highlighted our need for this fellowship. We find ourselves yearning for it and the support of our fellow believers. It is one of the reasons I am grateful to serve at a Christian institution like Baylor University, where as flawed, broken people, we can come together as one body in Christ. I am grateful for the staff who openly pray with one another; for the faculty who see their responsibility to not only educate our students, but help them form their identities as Christians; and for the students who earnestly search our campus for God’s calling to be revealed to them.

We find peace in earnestly pursuing Jesus. We find peace in knowing the faithfulness of God.

I am grateful for my many colleagues at Baylor who join with me as one body in Christ, seeking His will and finding His peace.

Learn More About Our Guest Writer

David RosselliDavid Rosselli

Vice President for University Advancement David Rosselli joined Baylor in November 2015. He oversees university development and alumni engagement. Under his leadership, the University launched Give Light, a $1.1 billion campaign to build philanthropic support for University priorities outlined in Illuminate, the University’s strategic plan. Since the launch of the campaign in 2018, the effort has garnered more than $1.08 billion toward these initiatives.

Mr. Rosselli is a graduate of the University of the Pacific, having earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and a master’s degree in educational psychology. He and his wife, Christine, are honored to be a part of the Baylor family.