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We are the body of Christ

Read 1 Cor 12, Rom.12.

As mentioned before, 1Cor.12 emphasizes the analogy that the church is like a human body. We are the body of Christ, members individually.

In other words, no single, solitary individual Christian can function effectively by himself. Individualism should be wiped out. No man is an island. We need each other. While I was chain-sawing the trees a few weeks ago, a speck of dust went into my eyes. Instinctively I rubbed my eyes. It is a natural function of another part of my body to respond or act upon it. I don’t have to debate and present a convincing argument to my finger to help my eyes. “Hi finger help my eyes” that would be silly. Of course, after a while with the help of my tears and my delicate fingers my eyes went back to normal again. Without the help of the other parts of my body and my tears, the irritant will not go away. The point is, just as there are many parts of the body in the physical sense (physical make up of a human being), so the body of Christ is made up of many members. Each member is very important and each one needs each other. We are truly “members of one another.” In order for the body to function properly each of us should work with humility. Rom: 12: 3, 16, says: “For I say, through the grace given me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think…” v.16 “Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.”

In other words, Paul is teaching us that no member of the body should say “I am more important than you.” No one should feel that he is more important than the rest of the members of the body.

Not a single Christian, no matter what degrees or experiences, or big bucks he earns should say “my gifting is more important than yours.” Why? Because no single individual Christian has the exclusive rights to God’s grace. We are all recipients of God’s grace. That is true in our salvation and in our gifting. All by grace and by grace alone. God loves you, keep rejoicing!

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