Baptism, your agreement that you do not belong to yourself.

I find that my chief tendency is to view myself, my gifts, possessions and skills as tools for my own advancement. When I spend something on myself I think, "well, it is mine to begin with." But in Paul's proto-trinitarian view of church life he says some things to my situation that incidentally gives a powerful message to anybody who made the mistake of being baptized.


Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good...
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. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body--Jews or Greeks, slaves or free--and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many.
1 Corinthians 12:4-7, 12:12-14

Apparently we do not belong to ourselves, as we were baptized into one body. So, any resource I have and use without love for the rest of the church around me constitutes a failure to remember my baptism. So, we have gifts, spiritual or other wise, that are given us by God to use for the common good of the church. Let us use them for such, remembering any time we're around water, "I don't belong to myself, I have been baptized into one body."