Daily Devotions: June 3, 2017

1 Corinthians 12: 8-13

“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.” vs. 12

Paul used the human body with all of its parts as a metaphor for the Body of Christ. It’s a great image. A well-functioning body is beautiful to behold and capable of amazing feats. Well maintained, it can service our needs for many decades. But our parts have to work together! In fact, it would be the height of foolishness for one or two limbs to go off on their own or refuse to cooperate. Chances are we’d just fall on our faces. And that’s what happens to the Body of Christ when its members drop out or go off on their own. Though we think that could never happen, it does–and the results are devastating. Christ has no hands but ours, and when one hand doesn’t know what the other is doing, Christ’s work doesn’t get done. Sometimes the members of Christ’s body engage in bitter battles with one another. It seems that some would rather be amputated than cooperate! But not always. Occasionally we see congregations of believers acting as one body and with one accord making a difference in their communities. Together, using all their gifts, they reach out with disciplined action to the least, the lost, and the lonely. In their deeds we see the presence of Jesus and know that this is the way it’s always supposed to be for his Body in the world.

Thought for the Day: What makes me feel a part of the Body of Christ?

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