“Many Parts, One Body of Christ”
Romans 12:4-5 NLT
Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
In all the years I have been involved with ministry, both paid and voluntary, I continue to long to see God’s church become a body that loves and supports one another. As I was reading this passage one morning this weekend, I cringed at the thought that so many believers struggle with animosity toward one another in the church. The Apostle Paul was very adamant about believers working together to love one another, despite differences.
Friends, we have all been part of hurtful situations in the church at some point or another. It is unfortunate and we all have experienced scars from these instances. I wonder so often if we will take seriously the call to show love to others and work hard together to be a healthy, functioning body of Christ?
Think of all the different scenarios and situations in which different parts work together to make something operate properly. We could think of so many different possibilities. Consider different machines that are put together to operate to make something or make many things. If one part doesn’t work, it affects the whole machine and the outcome. We see the same thing happen with a vehicle that has many parts. If the vehicle has a part that is acting up, you will notice and sooner or later, the car won’t run properly anymore until you fix that bad part.
Friends, we need to put this illustration to work in the body of Christ and seriously think about what we need to do to contribute toward a positive, healthy and encouraging body of believers. There is unfortunately so much division and animosity within the body of Christ and too many of us focused on what we want and not focused on what God desires. We have become so selfish and focused on things that we want to happen. This leads to great hurt, confusion, and emotional scars as it damages relationships.
To see love and healing start and spread in the body of Christ, we need to set the example of love ourselves for others to see. We can’t fix others, but instead need to pray and ask God to help us show others love. Why don’t we focus on praying for God to use us to show others love, despite our differences? The church today desperately needs to show love to one another and work through differences and past hurt. It is very hard to do, but healing needs to take place.
My prayer is that we all strive to do our part to love, forgive and work hard to make the body function as God intended.