My children are one of the biggest blessings God has given me. I love them with all of my heart and I would give my life for them. That being said, sometimes they don’t always act the way I would like them to. They usually like to fuss and fight about silly things like one touched the other or one got more food than the other. We usually have to ask them, “Is that really worth fighting with your sister about?” They are supposed to love one another, right? They are sisters and nothing will ever change that. What about the church? Aren’t we supposed to love one another? If we are all saved by the blood of Jesus Christ, that won’t ever change either.
“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it (1 Corinthians 12:27).” Let that sink in for a moment. We are the body of Christ. Do we act like it all of the time? Are there those among you who claim to belong to Christ but act as if you are totally separated from it? Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 12 verse 15, “Now if the foot should say, Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body, it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.’” We all want to have certain gifts and feel jealous when we see a brother or sister that has been given that which we feel we should have. God doesn’t send us out without equipping us with the gift He wants us to use.
Romans 15:6 says, “Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” If we take this verse and apply it to being the body of Christ, shouldn’t they line up? How can we have one voice when we are striving to be a different part of the body, other than what God has made us to be? This can happen between denominations and even inside our own church. If you saw a person walking down the street and his feet kept trying to move in different directions, you would probably think there was something very wrong. What do you think non-believers think when they look at a church members who are fighting among themselves? If we are Christ’s body, what image are we portraying of Him? Is He being viewed as the Savior of all mankind that instructs us and tells us to die to ourselves and follow Him? Or are we portraying Him as an inconsistent, ever changing, do-what-you-want-Him-to-do boss?
If we are united in the same message and the same mission of Christ, there would be no bickering in the church. We would all stand with one another when Christ is being mocked or when the Word of God is being challenged. God doesn’t need us to stick up for Him, but He does want us to stand together. 1 Corinthians 1:10 “I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.” The Word of God can stand up for itself. Anything that can be said against it is motivated by human feelings and emotions, not by truth. Opposition is usually born out of hate for Christians. We are the reason people start to contest what the Bible says. It is easy for them to find “holes” in our wisdom, but Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” That is why they are so stirred up about what the Bible says. It convicts them, not by patting them on the head and telling them to try and do better next time, but like a sword. It will slice out whatever needs to be removed and replace it with the truth of God.
I want to demonstrate a life that is committed to Christ. I want my children to fall in love with Christ because He removes sin and convicts them to live a life of holiness. I want them to say one day, just like Paul, “I want to know Christ — yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” (Philippians 3:10-12)
What a beautiful description of how, even though we are broken and sinful, that we should never lie down and stop striving for more. I pray that as the body of Christ and being a living representation of Christ, that we can come together and stand up for Him. We can take full advantage of the parts of the body He has gathered together as His body.