The Body of Christ. How many times have I heard that phrase? How many times have I thought about what that really means?
The Body. The Human Body. It’s made up of many parts: eyes, ears, nose, mouth, heart, lungs, arms, legs, etc. Each part working in unison for the betterment of the whole. Every part has a function, and without all the parts functioning as they were designed to function the whole is less than it can be.
Can the body function without some of its parts? Of course. Can I live with one leg? Of course I can. Can I adapt and do virtually everything someone who has two legs can? Yes. But, if given the choice, would I choose to have one leg over two healthy limbs? Of course not.
God understands this. He created the human body. He created each one of us. From the time we were conceived in our mother’s womb, God blessed us each with our own unique gifts. These gifts, freely given, are not without price, however.
Each one of us is part of a larger whole. God intended our lives to be such.
God sees the big picture. He knows what is needed at any given moment. More than two thousand years ago He saw that He needed to send His only begotten son into this world, in the flesh. But God also knew that Christ’s time on earth, in the flesh, was limited. Christ laid the foundation for his followers to go and serve God’s creation.
When we were conceived, God, seeing the needs of His creation, bestowed on each of us those gifts that would benefit His creation. Christ cannot be here, in the flesh, with us. Therefore, we must be the human body of Christ in the world. Just as every cell in the human body has a part to play in the health of the whole person, so too must we, with the help of the Holy Spirit, using our unique gifts, each play a part in the health of the whole of God’s creation.