The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.
If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. I Corinthians 12:22-26
The body of Christ (the church) is described by the apostle Paul as each person needing the rest of the body and the body needing each person. How wonderful! Ever seen a ‘lone ranger’ Christian… trying to do life on his own without a home church? It leads to disaster on both ends. The church suffers and so does the individual. I challenge the lone rangers out there… how and with whom are you doing the ‘one another’s’ of the Bible: love one another, pray for one another, forgive one another, confess your sins to one another and be healed, bear one another’s burdens, etc.?
Do I know my part in the body of Christ? Am I uplifting the weaker parts the way God desires? How do I fulfill the ‘one anothers’ of the Bible?
God, I thank You for the body of Christ and the privilege to be part of the church.