You Are the Body of Christ and An Individual Member of It

[1 Corinthians 12:12-31]

18But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired.

19If they were all one member, where would the body be? 20But now there are many members, but one body. 21And the eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you"; or again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you." 22On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary 23and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable, 24whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, 25so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. 27Now you are Christ's body, and individually members of it.


Isn't this what your heart longs for?  To be a part of something bigger than yourself, to be surrounded by others who feel what you feel and who take care of each other?  Well God says that NOW this is true - you are Christ's body. 


What is keeping us from experiencing this unity, this honor?  Divisions.  Discontentment. Envy. Selfishness.


But He is going to show us a more excellent way.  Tomorrow - 1 Corinthians 13.


Verna McCrillis, 12/3/2008