“We have many parts in the one body, and all these parts have different functions. In the same way, though we are many, we are one body in union with Christ, and we are all joined to each other as different parts of one body.” Romans 12:4-5 GNT
Several weeks ago, I took a tumble on the ice. Even though I knew that this winter required extra attention when venturing out, I still slipped and was caught off guard. The ice under foot has proven to be tricky and dangerous at times. Since that fall, I have had difficulty with what is normally my stronger arm. It has become very weak, and even the simplest task has become a bit of a challenge. After a short visit to the doctor, I did find out that my rotator cuff experienced a tear and that there is a potential danger of developing frozen shoulder. But this story is not really about my shoulder. It is about the body.
This has been a reminder to me of just how vital and necessary each of the parts of the body are. What happened at a shoulder level has impacted many of my daily functions that I normally roll through life doing without a thought. As a result, I have been less effective when I would attempt to do something that would normally be an easy task. One simple fall has produced restrictions on the overall functioning of the whole.
So much of our lives in the kingdom are exactly like this. Yet, we often miss it because we focus on the loss rather than seeing what the loss reveals. This small moment in my life, which will likely pass quickly, tells me that I need every part of the body. Any part of the body that is damaged is my personal hurt, my personal pain, and my personal loss. I realize this goes counter-culture since we are part of a world that believes you look out for yourselves. However, can I truly be looking out for myself if I am not looking out for my brother, who is another member of the same body? When I hurt them, could I actually be hurting myself and wounding myself? When I judge them, criticize them, or think poorly of them, do I really think that it will not affect me? Our thinking has been sadly messed up.
The truth is, I cannot overlook the pain or the struggle of another and think that it has no bearing on me, or that I am not affected by it. God gave us our natural bodies as a clear picture of the relationship He wanted of us with each other. Everything in the body has its place and works together to create a harmony and unity. When something breaks that unity like a fall, every part that is not wounded works together to restore what has been wounded. The goal is to bring wholeness again. What an incredible lesson here. What an amazing picture of unity and grace. We look the world over to find God, and all we need to do it look at one another and see how our lives lived in unity reveal his glory.
When my arm is restored, my whole body will celebrate. The whole body will enjoy health. This is also true for us as believers. Your healing brings health to the whole body. We are part of something absolutely amazingly wonderful. There truly is no God like Jehovah.
Today I am grateful to be a part of something much larger than I can see. I am thankful for the body of Christ and for each member. May God give me eyes to see Him in my brothers and sisters. May God give me wisdom to function in a divine unity that He may be glorified. God knew what He was doing when He referred to His children as members of the body. We get nowhere without each other and everywhere because of Him. We are better together. I am grateful.