One Body

For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.  For the body is not one member, but many.  If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?  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?  If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing?  If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?  But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.

I Corinthians 12:13-18

In this whole chapter, Paul continues to remind us about the unity of the body.  He tells us that, as Christians, we are all part of the body of Christ.  And, just as it is in any body, there are different members.  And all of those different members have different jobs to do.

In this passage, Paul gives us some laughable examples of this.  Our ear never gets jealous of our eye.  Our foot never gets jealous of our hand.  It would be ridiculous to think that every part of our body was designed for smelling.  We would have a great sense of smelling, but nothing else.  We wouldn’t be able to move.  We wouldn’t be able to see.  We wouldn’t be able to think.  We could only smell.  It would be ridiculous.  But it is no more ridiculous than Christians fighting and arguing over who is going to do what in the church and in the work of the Lord.

We are all one body.  Let us live like it and act like it.  Let us find our place in the body and do it to the best of our ability.

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