Week 2: Day 3 The Body

September 21, 2016

  • Day Three: The Body

     

    Passage:

    For 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 faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. (Romans 12:3-8, NIV)

     

    Perspective:

    The apostle Paul really likes using an anatomy lesson to describe how the church should work. He calls it “the body of Christ” here in Romans, as well as 1 Corinthians and Ephesians. Here’s the image—Jesus is the head of the body, and you and I are all the various body parts. Someone is a toe. Someone else is a spleen. Another person is the left lung. Maybe you’re a nose hair. In any case, every single person in the body has a vital role to play.

     

    What Paul wants to emphasize here in Romans is humility—no body part should think of itself as better than all the others. Instead, the whole body is healthy when all the members are doing their part. And the “parts” are things like serving, teaching, leading, encouraging, and showing mercy. When we serve for the sake of others and not ourselves, it turns out we’re also being served by various members of the body. We’re made for community, not isolation.

     

    If you’re a follower of Jesus, then you’re a member of the body of Christ. You matter! You have a vital role to play! No one else can replace you. So find a place in your local church community to serve, using your unique gifts and personality to build up the body of Christ. Be the nose hair you were created to be.

     

    Practice:

    Ask a pastor or other church leader how you can volunteer to serve at your local church.

     

    Prayer:

    Jesus, show me how I can help serve the Body of Christ.

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