Church - The Body
Commitment to Church
1 Corinthians 12:27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
How amazing is the human body! Each part is dependant on other parts. If you want to walk you have to use your legs, but without the tiny bones in your inner ear, you would not be able to keep your balance. Individual parts of the body must function well for your body to function well as a whole.
The apostle Paul when describing the church to the Corinthians uses a similar illustration, describing the church as Christ's body, and people it's body parts.
As church members, we are all interconnected with each other. Each of us is unique, but also dependant upon one and other. Just like parts of the human body, church members (or even church body parts if you will) must work together in unity of purpose, in order for the church to function well.
In today's society, individualism is common place and many of us have a hard time being dependant on others and others dependant on us. Some of us have grown up within this culture, and it's part of our pattern of thinking.
But we are not to be conformed to this world (Romans 12:2), such as embracing individualism, IT HAS NO PLACE IN THE CHURCH. There are no superstar individuals in the church other than Jesus Christ himself.
As Paul says to the Corinthians "If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing?". No one member is of greater importance than another!
We are to use our talents and gifts for serving Jesus, each other and the world around us, as a part (or member) of the church.
Daily Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31
Prayer: Father, I pray that no one amongst us would see their role in the church as lesser than someone else's. Please Lord, give us sight to see our role in the church, using our talents and gifts so we may not lack as a body together. In Jesus name. Amen.