“How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.” 1 Corinthians 12:19-26 NLT
When we understand the proper function of the church as a body, we will work together. We must all participate in the well being of the church. When we don't consider how our role affects the whole, we cause injury to the church. We must protect it.
The brain communicates to the rest of the body what it needs to do to help perform any task. We must submit to the Lord Jesus as our brain. He is the Head of the church (Ephesians 1:22; 4:15; 5:23; Colossians 1:18; 2:19). When we listen to the commands of Christ, we preserve and promote the well being of His body, the church. When we don't, we disable it.
Brethren, let us come together to make the body of Christ strong and healthy. Let us not think of ourselves, but the whole.
Prayer for today: Father, in Jesus name, help me to realize that I am a part of Your body, the church. Help me promote its health and function. Help me serve You and not think about my self interest but, rather, what is best for the whole body.
Rev. Curtis Norris