Have you ever noticed that often, we don’t appreciate a body part until we lose use of it? The other day, for some reason, everything just started tasting bitter. That’s never happened before. But it brought to mind what a blessing it is to have the ability to taste. Every single one of our body parts are a blessing, and they all play some important function.
In several places in the New Testament, the Apostle Paul uses this analogy to describe the church. For example, in Romans 12:4-5,
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.
The church functions like a body. Christ is our head, and everyone in the church is a body part. When your body is healthy, everything is functioning as it’s supposed to be. Similarly, in a healthy church, all the members are functioning as they are supposed to be.
This is a common problem in the church today: many members of the body are not using their gifts and talents to serve the rest of the body. And as a result, the church is unhealthy.
In our current setting, the church is often treated as a service provider: we are the customers and everyone else is there to serve us. But that’s not the focus in the Bible. In fact, the Savior came not to be served, but to serve. No, our mandate is not to be served by the body, but to serve. Now, the result of that should be that everybody ends up being served by everyone else, but our individual goal is not be served, but to serve.
Sheep, how are you doing with this? If you are saved by God’s grace, you have been given new life and the gifts that you need in order to serve others. You have been freed from the bonds of sin, freed to live for Christ and to serve His people. And your spiritual gifts are not for you. They’re for the body.
What, if anything, by His grace and for His glory, do you want to do differently? How can you better serve the body of Christ? We need you. We can’t be healthy without you.