April Devotion

The Body of Christ

The early followers of Jesus Christ were becoming a distinct community in the 1st Century Roman Empire. In his first letter to the Corinthians, The Apostle Paul offers a very clear comparison between this new community of believers and the human body itself. In chapter 12, verses 12-26, Paul makes the distinction between the parts of our bodies which are exposed and those parts which are covered. But regardless of the role each part plays, no one part is more important than any of the others. Indeed they are all necessary to ensure the proper functioning of the body as a whole. Apostle Paul concludes this description by saying, “if one member suffers, all suffer together. If one member is honored, all rejoice together.” (1 Corinthians 12:26 ESV)

Imagine, you’re walking down the street and get a pebble in your shoe. The truth is, that tiny pebble is only bringing discomfort to one small area of your foot. But even though that pebble is only rubbing against one square centimeter of one foot, you’re whole body suffers. That suffering prevents your entire body from functioning as it was intended. Furthermore, the foot that’s being tortured in incapable, on its own, of removing the pebble. The other parts of the body must serve together so the suffering can be removed and the whole body can once again rejoice.

As we consider the sufferings endured by fellow believers in places where persecution of Christians is common, we, the more public members of The Body, must work together to ease those sufferings so The Body of Christ can function as it is intended. Only then can we, “...all rejoice together."