“What the Church of "YOU" Looks Like”Categories: Christian Living, Encouragement, Joshuah Ellis, Theology
Paul described the church as being a body. Specifically, he described one body with many members (1 Corinthians 12:12-31). In his description, he makes the point that like the human body; the church is made up of many members that have different functions. This is something that makes the church so special. The fact that we can all serve God in different ways means that everyone has a function to serve.
But let’s just imagine if such wasn’t the case. Imagine with me, if you will, that there is no diversity in the church; that every person is identical. To go even further, imagine that every person in your local congregation is just like…you. What would the congregation look like?
- What would the congregation look like if everyone read their Bible as much as you read yours?
- What would the congregation look like if everyone prayed as much as you do?
- What would the congregation look like if everyone visited the sick and/or elderly as much as you?
- What would the congregation look like if everyone were as loving and merciful as you are?
- What would the congregation look like if everyone contributed as much to the local work as much you?
- What would the congregation look like in 10 years if every member were just like you?
It’s a pretty sobering thought, isn’t it? Knowing my own weaknesses and shortcomings, I don’t feel that a church made up of people who were just like me would be successful for very long. I suspect that you might feel the same way. So, what do we do with this? Do we just admit that we’re all different, choose to be grateful for that, and simply move on with our lives? I hope not. I hope that we all take a moment today and really examine our contribution to the local work and the Lord’s body as a whole.
It can be a dangerous (and common) trend when the bulk of the responsibility of a congregation is carried on the shoulders of few. While we can be appreciative of those who seem to have a knack for going above and beyond, that is not the Lord’s will for His church! There is no member of the body that is expendable (1 Corinthians 12:21). Therefore, we need to make sure, as members of the Lord’s body” that we are fulfilling our function!
Of course we all know that this scenario is just an exercise; hopefully an exercise in self-reflection. We know that it would be disastrous if everyone in the Lord’s body were just like you…or me for that matter. In the end, every member of the church should strive to be like Jesus (1 John 2:6). He is our perfect example. So as you finish this blog (kudos for sticking with me this far), remember.
Remember that we all have responsibilities to the carry out in the church. Remember that whatever you are currently doing, you could likely do a bit more. Remember that it is only when we are looking unto Jesus as our example and fulfilling our individual functions that we begin to honor the design for the church that Paul wrote about in 1 Corinthians 12.
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