The Church is the body of Christ on earth! We together are his body and together we continue the works of Christ on earth. We together are the body (I know I already said that). Just as the human body has many parts to its oneness that allow it to function with meaning and purpose so too the Church– the body of Christ– has many parts to allow it to function with meaning and purpose!
We together, disciples of the Lamb throughout the world, are the greatly diverse people of God. That diversity is no accident. It is intentional because we are by intention relational beings. Diversity means we must work together like the parts of body if we are going to accomplish our God intended purpose! In other words, we, by God’s design, need each other. We discover real life through relationships. This is what Paul is concerned with in 1 Corinthians 12– “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? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose” (17-19). Yes, we, the body of Christ, with all our diverse skills have been made to need each other.
But importantly, there is more to say about this. We do not just need each other but the world needs the body of Christ. We must remember this body is not just any body but the body of Christ of which he is the head! As the body of which Christ is the head we are to do his will and bear his marks! Another way of putting this is we are to be led into humble service. We are not to exploit our position as Jesus’ body but instead, we are to offer ourselves to the world as a living sacrifice that the world might come to know and give glory to the One True God! We are to bear the marks of Christ that come as we offer ourselves in relationship to God’s loved but rebellious world in the same way that Jesus was offered for the salvation of the world!
You are part of the body, are you doing your part?