|Posted by Diversity in Faith on February 4, 2014 at 8:15 PM|
You are all the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Cor. 12:27.
So what does it mean to be a part of the body of Christ? It means that each one of us is a major part that makes up the church.
Our name Diversity In Faith comes from the diversity in our church, from our different up bringing’s, our different experiences, different religious backgrounds. But what we have in common is the work of God’s spirit in us. Together we are baptized into one Body, Christ body.
The church is many members; all the members separately are important and needed yet all the members make up one body.
No one body part is more important than the other. The pastor is not more important than the music minister, the music minister is not more important than the treasurer, the treasurer is not more important than the secretary and the secretary is not more important than the members. The hand is no more important than the foot. No one part of the body is it’s whole. Each limb, each organ, each cell make up our bodies. This is the same for the church. No one member is more important than the other. We need all the members to make up the body of Christ church.
There are those who are the eyes of Christ, who seek Gods truth, who see others not by what they have or don’t have, but really see them.
In Acts 3 we have a beggar at the gate called beautiful. Daily people passed him without really seeing him. When the disciples came up they saw this man. Peter looked straight into his eyes. There are those we pass daily who just want to be seen. To know that they are not invisible but that they are somebody to someone.
Some are the ears of Christ. They listen to what others have to say. In Romans we learn that faith comes from hearing.. Sometimes all a person wants and needs is someone to hear them and that leads to them listening to the message of Christ.
Be the arms that open wide who welcome both believers and non believers. Romans 14:1 amplified says: As for the man who is a weak believer, welcome him into your fellowship, but not criticize his opinions or pass judgment on his scruples or perplex him with discussions.
Jesus answering who among the disciples were greatest answered; whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me;
We are the children that Jesus is speaking about.
Paul using humor asked can the eye be the body. Think about that. What would it look like if we were only an eye, only an ear, arms. We have eyes to see Gods love everywhere we look, in the plants that grow, in the smile of a child. We have ears to hear the word of God, arms that reach out for him. We have legs so that we can walk in faith.
Using the body as a way to describe the church lets us visually see how we are all connected to one another. If one part of your body hurts doesn’t it affect the other parts as well? If one part of the body were missing, isn’t the rest of the body aware that it is missing something?
The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t , the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance. Msg 1 cor. 12:25-26
We need each other not just the people who are here today but those who have come and those who have not come yet.
The lyrics to the song I need you to survive are very true for our church.
To make the body of our church stronger we have to concentrate on bringing more people into the house of God. Tell someone this week.. I need you, you need me, we are a part of God’s body. Stand with me, agree with me. I need you to survive.
We do very well with our out reaches.. It’s time for an in reach. To make our church body stronger we have to concentrate on bringing more people into our church. The Bible tells us that we should all have a mutual interest in and care for each other.
You are Christ’s body--- that’s who you are! You must never forget this. Only as you accept your part of that body does your “part” mean anything. Msg 1 cor. 12:27
With closing prayer…. Ephesians 4:4 There is one body and one Spirit--- just as you were called to one hope when you were called.