1 Cor. 12:12- “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.”
In the body there are many bones, many muscles, many tendons, many organs, and so on. Each part of the body has a very special purpose, that without it operating would slow down the bodies productivity and possibly ware it out. Although all parts differ in their use, they are equally important and made with a purpose that the other can never fulfill.
1 Cor. 12: 18-20 “But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.”
You are unique, you have purpose, and you are chosen (Eph. 1:4). You were created in Christ Jesus for good works (Eph. 2:10). You are part of the body. You are significant. Don’t envy someone else’s gift, be continent and allow God to show you your purpose in your gifts, talents, and so on. If you are a foot, you can’t try to be an eye. A foot has no ability to see, but it takes its instruction and orders from the head, which is Christ through the Holy Spirit who guides our movements and teaches us our abilities and worth in the body. If you are a foot, don’t try to guide someone as if you were an eye, your job is to partner with the eye to receive counsel on where to go. Every one of us, though different, are unified in the same body.
We are the church, each part experiences their place in the body differently, but is all connected for one purpose. That is for Christ to be made manifest in the church. For each member to become love, unified to the head. Love is what holds the entire body together (Col. 3:14 & Col. 2:2-3).
As members of one another, we are not to be cursing or gossiping about the other member, for that member is part of you, and you are part of that member.
Who curses his own body? If your arm was broken, would you say, “Curse you, stupid arm, you are good for nothing and should just fall off.” No one would ever speak this way of his own body. And you are the body of Christ. As His body we are to be reconciled to one another, to be unified as one body.
We are to build up one another, that our words for one another should only be for the edification of the other member (Eph. 4:29). This is how the church is to be. If you are a leg, an arm, a hand, a foot, an eye, a finger, or any other member the most important part is for that individual part to be brought into alignment with the head.
You, spending time alone with the Spirit of Jesus, letting him pour truth over you, and give you counsel and wisdom, and knowledge in him is the most vital part for you. He is health to your member and the strength for your operation (Prov. 3:8). Through him all parts move and are instructed and grown together (Col. 2:19). All things that have been given to the head, nourish the entire body. We must be connected to him to function in unison.
1 Cor. 12:26- “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.”
As a body we are to be there for each other, that when one member is suffering, we love not our own life, but look to the interests of the other. We are to carry the burdens of one another (Gal. 6:2). When the arm is injured, we help the arm. When the ankle is sprained, we minister to the ankle. When one member is hurt, the entire body is hurt and affected. We are to be the church, helping, and supporting each member until they are built up and empowered for their full operation.
In saying this, if we are the injured member, we are not to remain injured, which takes the other members out of their own operation to help you heal, but to seek healing so that the body can be healed and operate in its full potential.
I want to encourage you this morning that if you have been injured or hurt by another member of the body to forgive them and to seek the inner healing that comes from the Lord. I want to encourage you, that if you’ve gossiped or cursed one of the members of the body, to be reconciled to that member of the body, to forgive them, and receive forgiveness & healing yourself. Also, if you have accepted Jesus as Lord & Savior and have not yet been a committed member of the body of Christ, I encourage you to start today and ask the Holy Spirit what & where he wants you to be a part of, because we can’t do it without you. You are so important, loved, and needed.