Many members, one body

My feet sometimes talk to me. Yes, I know that sounds like a statement from a person whose grasp on reality is slipping away, but it’s true.

My feet stay quiet during the day, but late at night when I’m  trying to walk without turning on the light they start talking.

“You know you’re walking around the room without the light,” my feet say.

“Yes, I know. I’m only going across the hall,” I reply.

“You are going to stub one of our toes, and it’s going to hurt,” say the feet.

About then, my foot strikes a piece of furniture that is harder than my toe and I groan in pain.

“Told you so,” the feet say.

The apostle Paul used more than half of First Corinthians chapter twelve discussing the equal importance of body parts. The apostle began describing the relationship members of the body have with the whole. “For even as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body though they are many are one body, so also is Christ,” he wrote (1 Corinthians 12:12 NASB).

It is impossible for a body part to say, “I have no need of you,” because the body functions as one. Each member supplies a needed function.

The apostle wrote, “Now you are Christ’s body and individually members of it,” (1 Corinthians 12:27). Isn’t it amazing how the inspiration of God can make an application of a truth in just one sentence?

I’m not about to give up my feet, even though they like to carry me through mud puddles. They provide a necessary function. I’m not about to give up on a brother or sister in Christ just because they have sinned. I’m a sinner, too. They are my family.

I’m not about to give up my eyes, even though they have seen some terrible things. I’m not about to divide the body of Christ because I think some preacher is prettier than another. I’m not going to give up being a Christian because someone said something to me I didn’t like.

Paul continued his application in 1 Corinthians chapter 13, his remarkable showcase of love. If we sum it up, the first part of verse eight is great. “Love never fails,” Paul wrote.

Why are there problems in the church? Often, it’s because someone thinks, “I have no need of you.” An unloving statement to be sure. Love says, “I need you; I want you with me.” Love does not act unbecomingly (1 Corinthians 13:5). Love takes into account the needs of the entire body of Christ.

My feet are always looking out for themselves, but they would cease to exist if my nervous system failed or if my heart stopped pumping blood to them. Christians must remember they are part of a very special body — the body of Christ.

2 Replies to “Many members, one body”

  1. John, it’s so great to see you back up and writing again! I sent up to the Father several prayers in your behalf and they obviously paid off! The power of prayer cannot be underestimated. We are thankful to the good Lord for your recovery and pray you’ll have many more years in His service.

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