The Church Body

“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”
(1 Corinthians 12:27)

When it comes to the church, the Bible uses three analogies: the body, branch, and bride. The body is a representation of all of us individually. We all have different collaborative, contributing elements. The church is not just a building. It is us, and it is a body. And it’s important that whatever part we play, whatever role we have, we’re using it for God’s greater plan.

Everyone has different abilities. God does not want everyone to do the same thing. Think of a football team. A team that has 11 quarterbacks on the field will not be successful. Sure, they have enough to go out there and play 11 on 11. They might all be elite quarterbacks, but there can only be one QB at a time. You need running backs, and wide receivers, and offensive linemen to block. That doesn’t even include the defensive players you need.

To have a successful team, you must address all the different positions on the field. The same is true with the body of Christ. God does not need everyone to be a preacher or a music leader. There are countless roles in the body of Christ. And as we said, the church goes beyond just the building, but into the world as well. So not only are there many roles within the church building, but then there are roles in the rest of life as well.

Wherever you are, there the church is. God wants to use your special gifts and talents for His Kingdom. As the body of Christ, we have a special responsibility. Think of the human body. Without the brain telling the arm what to do, it does not move. But without the actual arm, the brain can tell it to move but there is nothing that will happen. Every part is important, and that includes your part.

If you do not already know what your role in God’s plan is, ask Him. He will gladly tell you and make it clear what His will is for your life. Then, once you know, go full steam ahead living your purpose as part of the church body.
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