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TFTD: Many members; one body
Romans 12:1-5 (New International Version)
1Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual[a] act of worship. 2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. 3For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. 4Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
We are many members, but of one body; the body of Christ. We live in a world that is status oriented. You are somebody important if you have a title, a lot of money, etc. Many people strive to be the best all by themselves; however as believers we are individuals who should work together to serve the same body. Let’s use the example of the body; you have a head, eyes, ears, mouth, nose, arms, legs, toes, fingers, a heart, a brain and many more organs and nerves. The eyes can’t see the world unless the brain is operating properly relaying messages to the eyes and to the legs to allow you to travel and explore the world. All of the members of our body are important separate, but they are magnificent when they work together. All of the members need one another in order to function properly. I’m sure you know where I’m going with this. That is how we SHOULD be in the body of Christ. We should recognize that as individuals we are important, however when we join and work together to serve our purpose we are powerful.
Churches are currently suffering because you have some members who think they are more important than the other members. They think the church can’t function without them. On the contrary, the body can’t function without Christ. Unless that member thinks he/she is Christ he/she better get off of their high horse and come back to reality. Maybe you are like the arms of the body; you reach out and help people, you offer encouragement through hugs, you may prepare meals, you may be crafty with your hands, you may use your fingers to point people in the right direction. Or maybe you are the mouth piece of the body; you share the Word of God with others, you encourage, you pray, you read for those who can’t, etc. All of these functions are important and need each other to be effective for the kingdom of God. You may be able to speak well, but then you may need to lead them to someone in the church who are the ears and know how to listen to the concerns of the people. We all are different and will not carry out the same function but we do work for the same purpose to glorify God and to spread His Word. We just do them differently.
Never underestimate what you have to offer to the Church. God designed you for a specific purpose and you are needed. Someone reading this right now has been feeling useless or unimportant in the church, but I am here to encourage you and let you know that you are needed. You are an individual part of an important body. Carry out your function. You may be a toe and think that you are insignificant, but when you remove certain toes, it’s impossible to stand. No member of the spiritual body or physical body is unimportant. They all serve important roles. If a part is removed the body will still function, however it will be a little more difficult. Don’t remove yourself from the body of Christ because then the work that needs to be done will be a little harder for the rest of the members to carry out without you. Trust, the work will get done for Christ, but we need all members to work together. That includes you!
Have a blessed day!
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis
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