“Ministry of the Body”

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“Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”

Romans 12:4,5

The church is not a place, it is the people of God. It is the body of Christ, and Christians are the members of that body, just as Paul said in Romans 12. He also mentioned something that is not easy for many of us to accept today. He said that, “. . . each member belongs to all the others.”

We Americans are by our heritage an individualistic people. We don’t like to admit that we can’t make it on our own, nor do we want to accept the idea of belonging to someone else. And yet that is exactly what Paul says. In fact he elaborates on that message later when he says, “As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’” (1 Corinthians 12:20,21) Which of us would not be concerned if a part of our body suddenly quit working?

Paul also taught that the body grows when each part is working. “Speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Ephesians 4:15,16)

As the body of Christ we want to be growing and honoring Christ who is our head. For that to happen, we each need to be using the abilities that God has given us and giving  ourselves to the rest of our body to which we belong. May God be praised by the work we allow Him to do through us, his servants!