January 24

1 Corinthians 12:12-19

“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.” vs. 12

Paul uses the human body as a metaphor to help the Corinthians understand the nature of the church, which is in turn the Body of Christ. It’s a simple illustration, one easily understood by most readers. We know that our bodies have various parts: hands, arms, feet, legs, head, heart…the list goes on and on. All those parts are knitted together to make one body…and with the possible exception of the appendix, all the members are necessary. Likewise, in the Church every single person is important and has a distinctive role to play. And just as a body wouldn’t work well if arms and legs chose to act independently, the Church doesn’t function well when individuals act like they don’t need each other. Now a body can survive when parts are amputated or removed, but it loses a ton of maneuverability. The same thing is easily observable in the Church. When people drop out, the effects are chillingly apparent…what could be an active, vibrant organization is forced to limp along at a fraction of its capability. Worse than that, the mission of Christ in the world is limited…God’s work is left undone. On the other hand, a congregation with active and engaged members is bound to be a powerful force for good in the world.

Thought for the Day: What is my role in the Body of Christ?

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