Being the Body

“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.  (27) Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is part of it.” – I Corinthians 12:12 & 27

jonmrichardson.comWe are all part of the body of Christ.  We come in all shapes and sizes and have been given unique and individual gifts that were graced to each of us by God, so that we might contribute to the cohesion of all who follow Christ.  The body of believers is better, when we each bring the blessings that our Beloved has bestowed upon us.

No one gift is greater than another.  Though some are more visible, they are no more valuable.  All gifts are given for the greater good of the body.  Without hands, whom could He reach?  Without a voice, who would hear His heart?  Without feet, how would we walk in His way?  Without willing servants, how would anything ever get done?  Each part is significant to Him!  He loves us so much, that He designed us with something special, that only we can bring.  Often, our gift is in doing what comes naturally, so it does not feel like it could possibly be our part to play.

For me, when I slow down and take in all that has transpired in a day, I am able to sense His pleasure in the little things, rather than in something seemingly remarkable.  It is in the moments where we extend our hearts and our hands to another, that He is most able to move.  Hugging a child, encouraging a friend, listening to a loved one – all are gifts that God grants us to bless and better become His body.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for being deliberate in how You designed each one of us.  Please forgive us for not always recognizing or appreciating who You have blessed us to become.  Teach us to each embrace the extraordinary part that You have prepared us to play in the body of Christ.  May Your body of believers bring all glory and honor to You.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

6 Comments

  1. Great posrt! Using the analogy of the body, Paul emphasizes the importance of each church member. The church is composed of many types of people from a variety of backgrounds with a multitude of gifts and abilities. Each of us has a specific function that is necessary to the body as a whole.

  2. Shannon, wonderful post! I had to teach a class today called “Intensifying Our Passion for the Great Commission.” In this lesson we discussed how each of us believers were given certain gifts and together as members of Christ’s body we can encourage others to grow as a disciple and follower of Christ.

    “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of Him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From Him the whole body, joined and held together be every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work” (Ephesians 4:15-6).

  3. Shannon, for some reason I have been having trouble posting a commenting on your site. I apologize if you have received duplicate comments. I am trying to figure out the problem!

    Wonderful post today! I had to teach a class today called “Intensifying Our Passion for the Great Commission.” In this lesson we discussed how each of us believers were given certain gifts and together as members of Christ’s body we can encourage others to grow as a disciple and follower of Christ.

    “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of Him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From Him the whole body, joined and held together be every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work” (Ephesians 4:15-6).

    • Thanks so much Danielle! I love how wonderfully the verses in Ephesians compliment I Corinthians. 🙂
      How did the retreat go? I look forward to hearing your reflection on the whole experience!
      Blessings,
      Shannon

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