Body of Christ
“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.” – I Cor. 12:12
All of body parts are important. When one part is in pain, the whole body suffers. I recently fell and landed hard on my tailbone. I don’t know if it is broken or just bruised. (I’m not going to the doctor to find out because there isn’t much they can do for it!) It makes driving and sitting and even turning over in bed painful. When Paul writes to the Corinthian church that they are the Body of Christ, it is a powerful metaphor for how important each and every one of us is. It also is a wonderful reminder of how we suffer together and celebrate together. WE are the representative of Christ in the world and we have a responsibility to be faithful to who Jesus is.
There is a popular saying, “You may be the only Jesus someone ever sees.” This is a very true statement and gives me pause on occasion. If I claim to be a Christian – someone who is like Christ, am I representing His Body faithfully? How do the words of my mouth, the Facebook posts that I share, and the actions of my hands represent Christ? Am I serving the way Jesus did? Am I loving the way Jesus did? Am I forgiving the way Jesus is? Am I speaking out for justice and righteousness like Jesus?
I love the song by John Michael Talbot “St. Theresa’s Prayer”,
Christ has no body now, but yours.
No hands, no feet on earth but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which He looks compassion on this world
Yours are the feet with which He walks to do good
Yours are the hands with which He blesses all the world
Yours are the hands; Yours are the feet; Yours are the eyes; You are His Body
If we truly are the Body of Christ, friends, let’s care for one another. Let’s celebrate with each other. Let’s reach out to the world in desperate need of a savior. Let us continue in daily becoming the heart and hands of Jesus Christ. In this post you will find a link to a very special concert of the African Children’s Choir. I hope you will take the time to watch the concert, pray for these precious children, and consider how God is calling you to be the Body of Christ reaching across the globe.
Loving God, may we walk so closely in step with you that when people see us, they see Jesus. Forgive us for the things we have done and said which were not a faithful representation of you. Forgive us for neglecting to speak and act when we know it’s what you would have done. Give us courage and love for all people. Help us to be your hands and your heart in this world. Amen.