God has composed the body … so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 1 Corinthians 12:24–25
A kidney specialist once commented that God made the body just to carry around our kidneys; everything the body does is designed to feed, protect, or propagate kidneys. Nonsense, right? But we all know people who live as though life in their communities was designed to revolve around them. Maybe we’ve even acted this way ourselves. The truth is that when one part of the body elevates itself above the other parts, the rest of the body suffers, and the part that is acting improperly either dies or is surgically removed. Bodies are teams. Every member of the team has unique abilities that enable it to serve the needs of the entire group. As the Body of Christ, every human cell has a contribution to make so that the entire body flourishes. God made his Son’s representative community so that all the parts that it needs are present and that all the present parts are capable of contributing to its ability be Jesus to the world. Because of this promise, each one of us parts can trust him to provide for our needs through the success of the rest of the body, so we invest our energies caring for the individual cells he places near us.
O All Sufficient One, make me a unifying agent in the Body of Christ, and in all the fellowships of which I am a part. Grant me the joy of seeing others flourish as I care with your sufficiency. Amen