While thinking about the many types of people in this world, I remembered a wonderful e-mail someone sent me a long time ago. The subject of the e-mail was churches made from Lego pieces. There were four pictures with various views of what could only be described as a remarkable feat of engineering skills.
Looking at those Lego churches reminded me about the body of Christ being made up of various parts, each one linked together to form the whole. Jesus said He is building a church that will go forward against the very gates of hell. Look at Matthew 16:18 (KJV): And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
If you are part of the body of Christ, then you are also part of the church Jesus is building. There are many parts of a building we can’t see, but they are integral to the structure, none the less. You normally don’t see the studs or wiring, but they are in place and are needed in order for the building to function as it is intended to. Not everyone can be an arm, leg or eye; some have those functions, while others in the body can be equated to other parts. Put us all together, and we are the “body of Christ.”
The Apostle Paul wrote in I Corinthians 12:12, KJV “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.” Again, the body of Christ is made up of many members who are different from each other, but come together to make one church. Christ is the head, and we are the body.
One thing that amazes me is how some members are never satisfied with their part. I suppose that’s just human nature. The body of Christ is full of personalities, attitudes and differing ideas; it should be no wonder when parts don’t seem to flow in the same direction. We all need to do our part, and let the other members of the body do their part.
1 Corinthians 12:15-17 “15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?”
I am so thankful to be part of the Church, the Body of Christ. You and I may have different callings and are different parts of the body, but we all make up that wonderful living organism called the Church. Christ is the head, and we are the body. There is a wonderful relationship between Christ and the church. Dr. Raymond Culpepper, in his book No Church Left Behind, gives the following picture of the church:
The Church is the body; Jesus Christ is the head. The Church is God’s building; Christ is the chief cornerstone. The Church is God’s flock; Jesus is the Good Shepherd. The Church is God’s temple; Christ is the High Priest. The Church is the bride; Christ is the Bridegroom. The Church is the branches; Christ is the True Vine.
If you are saved, born again, by faith in the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus Christ, you are part of the the church, the body of Christ. I don’t choose what part of the body I am, and you don’t choose, either. This is the Lord’s business, and we can rest assured, He knows what He’s doing. Look at I Corinthians 12:18, KJV “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.” The question is