“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”
The Body of Christ needs all its parts, we can’t function properly if we’re deformed, we can’t function if we’re missing body parts… “hey, look at that body, it’s got no head”… that’s scary physically, and spiritually!
The church is a place where people of all different races, colors, personalities, and classes can come together and function in perfect harmony… and when it does, there’s no sweeter sound… and the world takes notice.
Paul mentions over and over again in the New Testament that if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it. If one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. I can’t overstate how important each one of us is to the other in the Body of Christ. Whether you are hurting or rejoicing, your entire body reacts because the parts are connected. This is how the Church is designed to work.
Since we are the Body of Christ, and we say that we belong to the Church, then we are saying that we belong to each other. We are united together to help each other out as we become mature in Christ. The Church is you and the Church is me. We collectively “together” form the whole Body of Christ. Every single one of us has a function to carry out… a role to fulfill, and when we fail to carry our load, then the entire body fails.
Vesta Kelly said, “Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things — but just look at what they can do if they stick together.” The reality is that “we” is better than “me”! What makes the ministry of the Church special is the unseen qualities built into the hearts of its members in such unique ways. For every problem you might face, there will be someone in His Body who has gone through it before. YOU’RE NOT ALONE! You’ve got lots of “peeps” who love you, who are family and who are all connected together with you!
Read 1 Corinthians 12:12–26
This passage compares the Body of Christ to a human body. How would you compare them in your own words?
In what ways are the various members of the Church dependent on each other?
This Scripture warns against any part of His Body considering itself either less important or more important than the others. Expound on why both of these extremes are dangerous thinking in the Body of Christ?
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.