Scripture Reading: Song of Songs 1:1-4:16 / 1 Corinthians 12:1-26 / Psalm 99:1-9
We devote special care to our bodies and rightfully so. We make sure our body has all the medical attention it needs to fight off physical setbacks, difficulties and pain. Giving our bodies needed rest, nutrition and exercise is also important. Assistance is at times needed with the use of glasses, hearing aids, and winter coats. The older we get, the more we realize that our bodies need greater maintenance and discover there are surprisingly a number of replacement parts!
God created us and breathed life into our bodies. Everything within the human body works with great precision and design. It’s not just our fingers that pick up a glass of milk; our hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, neck, head, eyes, and brain are also involved. If any of those parts do not cooperate, there will be spilled milk!
Paul writes that we are the body of Christ. “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.” (1 Corinthians 12:12) As our bodies are made up of many parts, the body of Christ is made up of many parts. When we as followers of Jesus (the different parts) come together, we become Christ’s presence and visible witness in this world. God designed it this way and has given great importance to every one of us. It matters not if we are considered a vital organ or an eyelash, we all are needed and valued!
The body of Christ is not about titles or positions, but servant hood and purpose. Paul writes, “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! On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable.” (vs.22) A church without children is on life support…it has no future without babies, it has no hope without adolescents, and it has no vitality without teenagers. The same can also be said…it has no direction without parents and it has no strength without grandparents. Everyone is needed!
We cannot afford to minimize anyone that Christ has placed in His body and we need to celebrate and honor everyone. Our feet may take us to a first place finish, but our whole body celebrates and every part shares the victory! So it is with the body of Christ, “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (vs.26) Remember you are not alone, you have a divine purpose and together we make up the body of Christ… a thing of beauty!