Rev. Stew Royce, Senior Pastor, Noelridge Christian Church
The apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12:12, “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.”
Frequently, we refer to the many different parts of our body as members. The heart, the lungs, the tongue, the hand, the foot are all members of the body. Each part carries out a necessary and important function. Some body parts are visible while many others are not, but all are of equal value.
The image of the human body is what the apostle Paul uses to describe the Church. We are members of the Body of Christ. As with a human body, each of us has our own unique part to play in the Church.
Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12:21:
“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!’”
We are the hands of Christ. We are the feet of Christ. We need to appreciate the various gifts Christ has given us to further the work of His Church.
The story is told of a little boy watching his father fry some eggs for breakfast. The boy said he had a joke and proceeded by saying: “Dad, how do you eat an egg without cracking the shell?”
His Dad thought about it for a few minutes and finally concluded: “I don’t know. How do you eat an egg without cracking the shell?”
His son replied: “Have someone else crack it for you.”
In order to eat eggs, we have to break some shells. Likewise, we sometimes want the benefits a church has to offer without sharing in the responsibilities. As the Church, we are all members of one body. Every part is necessary; every part is valuable; every part must do its job.
We have work to do and let’s get cracking because, as Saint Teresa of Avila expressed it poetically:
He has no hands but our hands,
To do His work today;
He has no feet but our feet
To lead folk in His way;
He has no voice but our voice
To tell of how He died;
He has no help but our help
To lead them to His side.
Everybody is somebody in the body of Christ. We’re all working together “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, building up the Body of Christ.”