Paul tells us, â€œwe being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread (1 Cor. 10:17).â€ But for grain to be made into bread it must face threshing, milling, kneading, and fire. In ancient times cattle would trample the grain with a heavy wooden sledge, then it would be winnowed with a fan to blow all the chaff into the fire, then it would be ground between two millstones, then of course transformedâ€“â€“by water, yeast, kneading, proving, and finally bakingâ€“â€“into bread.
You are grains in the harvest of God. But grains by themselves are quite useless. By Godâ€™s providence, various means of the Spiritâ€™s purging flame works in us to unite us into one loaf, that we might be bread to the nations. When we join a local church body, we become mingled with that part of Christâ€™s body. Thus our duty is to join with the saints we are in community with, and walk alongside each other as the Lord threshes, mills, kneads, proves and bakes us into a loaf for the great fellowship meal of joy in the everlasting Kingdom of our God.