We are the body of Christ. All of us who faithe on Him, all of us who believe. We are the body. My understanding of this is evolving as I study it, it is evolving as I read, and it is evolving as I pray. One recent thing that has been bouncing around my brain came up again as a result of reading a really good book that I will review soon: Kisses From Katie. I’m going to say some things in this article that may indicate I didn’t like the book, or the philosophy found it in, but that’s not true. It is a jumping off point for me because certain themes keep cropping up in the Christian community.
We have amongst us people that are hands, people that are feet, people that are heart, that are ears, that are blood, that are nerve endings, etc… and that’s wonderful! As Paul says, we are all members of the body of Christ and we each have a role to play. The problem I see in certain aspects of our Christian society is that we have certain members, say feet, demanding that everyone else be feet too. I’m a foot, why aren’t you a foot? If you were really a part of the body, you’d be a foot.
Wait… what? That is antithetical to what Paul directly and clearly teaches in scripture. If I’m a heart and I try to be a foot; ouch. If the body of Christ has two metaphorical left feet, there is no dancing. I must be what I’m called to be, where I’m called to be it. Not all of us are called to the mission field in China. Not all of us are called to go wash people’s bodies in Uganda, India, or Southeast Asia. Not all of us are called to be lawyers. Not all of us are called to be preachers in the U.S. Not all of us are called to be kindergarten teachers, or economists, or business men.
There are, however, certain things that the body of Christ has in common, certain traits that we are all called to have because we belong to the same body. The character of the person connects each bit; my hand can’t be moral or immoral, but I can be moral or immoral and can involve my hand and its actions directed by “me.” This also holds true since we are a part of the body of who? Christ. Loving, caring, sober-minded, sharing the gospel with all, helping those around us, etc… So, yes, there are traits in common, but different roles in life, and we need each person fulfilling their God-given role to make this whole thing run smoothly.
I guess my point is that we need to make sure that we are seeking out what God has in mind for us and our role and not to try to conform ourselves to other believers in their personal roles. If I’m an eye and try to act like mouth, it isn’t going to work out very well for me or the rest of the body. Instead of concerning ourselves with modeling ourselves after others who we see doing a really good job in their role, we need to be seeking the wisdom of God in finding and fulfilling our role, as well as being open the possibility that even if our favorite role model is a knee, we just might be an elbow. No role is insignificant.