Christ's Wonderful Body
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. (1 Corinthians 12:12)
One of my friends once broke her little toe. Not only was it very painful, it made her far less mobile. Even when something so small is out of joint, the whole body cannot function properly. And so it is with the Body of Christ, the church. Paul wrote that no member of it is unimportant or unnecessary; and no member is more important than another; all are needed differently, but equally.
Yet if you asked many Christians what the most ‘important’ jobs in the church are, they would probably reply ‘preaching’ or ‘pastoring’. But the Bible says: the most important tasks are – all of them! Just think of a church service: we might thank the preacher; but what about those who helped him preach by putting out the chairs, operating the PA equipment, playing the instruments, serving the tea, and sweeping up our mess at the end? All of them are important; all need each other; all have a vital and promised place in the Body; and all are valued by Christ, the Head of the Body, for their service to him.
So, what is the role of leaders? Well, the Bible says they are not there to ‘do the work’! Rather, their role is to ‘equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ’ (Ephesians 4:12, NRSV). Don’t expect your leaders to do everything - that’s not what they are there for! God gives them to us to ensure the Body functions, not so that the Body has a rest!
God has promised that he will build his church as the very Body of Christ. As a believer, you are part of that Body and you have a function in it. Don’t believe the devil’s lies that you are useless and that there is no place for you. Your congregation is the poorer without you! So, go and make a difference!
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 who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (Romans 12:4-5)
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