Day 37 - The Body is Gifted
WHAT’S GOD’S HEART FOR THE CHURCH?
1 Corinthians 12:12-17: “Christ is just like the human body – a body is a unit and has many parts; and all the parts of the body are one body…If the whole body were an eye, what would happen to the hearing?
Ephesians 4:11-16: “His purpose was to equip God’s people for the work of serving and building up the body of Christ until we all reach the unity of faith and knowledge of God’s Son.”
Every believer is a part of the body of Christ. Every part of the body has a place and function. When parts are missing or not fully functioning, we are incomplete.
For years as a pastor, I talked about how the body of Christ was to function but the reality of it eluded me. Once I accepted myself as one part of the body of Christ it became real to me where I fit. I also immediately saw my need for the other parts of the body. Jesus said, “Without me you can do nothing.” And, without the rest of Christ’s body, we can do nothing.
As the body of Christ we are all given gifts and diverse functions for the benefit of the body. Diversity is an important part of the body because, “if the whole body were an eye, what would happen to the hearing?” Every diverse part is necessary so that there may be Christ-like unity in the body.
Ephesians describes a reality where the diverse gifts we have been given as the body were given for the whole body to be unified so that all may reach the knowledge of God’s Son. Our unity as the body of Christ and the various gifts we display are all at the service of the Father in making his Son Jesus known to others. Unity is the goal of our gifts and the fruit we share with others in the knowledge of God’s Son Jesus.
Pray for the Lord to help you further understand and develop your part in the Body?
Pray to understand how you can encourage other parts of the Body who are different than you.
What part of the body does your congregation play in the Church of your city? How can your congregation step more fully into that identity?
Duane Sabin North Kitsap County, WA.
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