“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:27 ESV
“For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” Romans 12:4—5 ESV
Dear Heavenly Father – Thank you Lord for your grace. Thank for your faithfulness and love. Please reveal to me and to everyone reading this who we are in you and in your body. Please open our eyes to see ourselves as you see us and see others as you see them. Wake us up, and please open our understanding. In the name of Jesus – Amen
I am part of the Body of Christ. I am. Kind of like being the light and the temple which is God in us, we are the body, God giving us each different positions to work together in His fullness being so much so that we are a body – The Body. The Body of Christ. As He no longer lives on earth and teaches, heals, delivers, etc. in person – we are His body and through us as an extension of Him we can teach, heal, etc. While Jesus remains the head and in charge. I am part of something bigger. I am part of a local church, I am part of the same body as all the believers in my state, region, nation, and all of the world.
“12 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. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. 27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.” 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 ESV
How does one say anything intelligent about being the body after that thorough explanation? Wow! I get it. I am the body and each of us is the body and therefore none of us are better or worse and none of us can live without the others.
So let’s focus in on the 5 fold ministry which ironically just came up in a video a friend shared with me. The video encourages Christians to make sure they are in a church which operates in the 5 fold ministry found here in verse 28 It is very sound guidance as this passage says the body should have all 5: apostles/evangelist, prophets, teachers/preachers, miracles, healing. And of course the others: helping, administrating, and tongues. (Never understood why they call it 5 fold when clearly the list has 8.) And then in verse 30, interpreter is added. But we know there are many gifts not listed here, like: exhorter, comforter, faith, prayer warrior, intercessor, care giver, worship team, etc.
I sit here wondering if I have a favorite part to my body. I have lovely nails and enjoy painting them. Oddly though that the longer and prettier they get the more useless they become. I like my eyes – and they are pretty important to the body. They are definitely more important than my nails. But I am at the age where suddenly I can’t see so well. I need reading glasses and can no longer to embroidery. My arms and legs are all pretty important – my legs move me and arms reach out from me. But both are useless without my core attached and without my hand to grasp as I reach and my feet to give my legs support to walk on. So I cannot say I favor one body part over another (unless you count the nails, which I do spend a lot of time painting despite them being useless).
So when this passages refers to the different gifs and says we all won’t have all or any of them (even though some people have all of them), it makes sense to me. My nails have the gift of paint and so do my eyes occasionally. But it would be strange to give paint to my belly or my knee. I grew up in a church where different people had different gifts and they all worked well together.
“But you should be eager for the greater gifts. And now I will show you a way that is beyond comparison.” 1 Corinthians 12:31 NET
I am eager for all gifts that God will give me. I used to say, no not all – but as I watch God’s direction in my life and He prepares me for the next stages of this ministry, I see God has already given me the gifts to move in, although I was unaware and not utilizing them.
But this last sentence! What an amazing introduction to 1 Corinthians chapter 13!!! Which is the love chapter!!
Also funny that it kept coming up today and I finally went to it. Oh Lord, help me to love as you love – because right now, I am not so good at it. Amen
I am part of the body – and gifts matter, but none of this matters without love – deep Godly love. We should examine ourselves regularly if not daily to see that we are behaving as part of the Body and seeking the Lords directions and gifts. Most importantly – are we existing in love, exemplifying love, and sharing God’s love? All because we have a relationship with God our Father through Jesus Christ our Lord, we are the Body of Christ.
If you don’t already, and today you would like to have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**
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