Thursday, March 06, 2008

One Body

Ever since I read a blog post somewhere, which I can't seem to find now, the Lord has been putting unity in front of me. Here's the scripture HE's shared with me today:

1 Corinthians 12:12-26
12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. 14 For in fact the body is not one member but many.
15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? 18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be?
20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, 24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, 25 that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

Now I feel that's pretty self explanatory. God is asking us to work together in HIM. And I really love verse 26. We need to be supporting & edifying each other. If one of us suffers the whole body is to suffer along with it. I don't know about you, but obedience speaks loud and clear here.

Where are your loyalties? Do you have selfish desires? Do you suffer when other members of the body suffer?

Lord Jesus, Father God, Thank you for showing us unity. I pray that I will be more unified in You and support the other members of The Body. I pray for Your grace & mercy to guide me to it. I trust in You, Father God. In Jesus' name, amen.