For years I’ve been fascinated with the speed that my body works together to react to situations.
I especially notice it if I drop something.
Not only does a message go from my hands to my brain to tell my brain what’s happened and back to my hands in a split second with a message of how to react but the reaction will vary depending on what I’ve dropped.
If it’s something dangerous such as hot water or a knife my body will work together to move quickly away to save itself from the danger. If I drop something delicate my body will quickly move in to save what I’m dropping and all without time to really register what is happening.
If the muscles in my arms were to ignore the instructions from my head to avoid the danger, I would soon be hurt and all my body would suffer.
Is it not the same with the body of Christ, the church, friends?
If we ignore the instructions from Christ our living Head both in His word and through the Spirit and don’t work together for the glory of God, not only will we suffer and get hurt but so will others.
If we are part of this beautiful body, how we need grace to work together in harmony…
‘For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many.’
Whatever our income, whatever the colour of our skin, whatever denomination we may belong to, each precious child of God is a part of this beautiful body of Christ and are to work together with one aim, to follow the instructions from our head that we might know what to drop and avoid and what to preserve for the good of the whole body and God’s glory.
We are not to look down on others when they fall but we are to reach out and help one another along this path of life…
‘Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.’
‘We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.’
Friends if we truly belong to Christ this life is no longer about us and yet quickly we begin to live as though it were! Rather, our life should be a daily leaning on God’s grace, that we might be found living out of this command…
‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.’
Can we say with Paul…
‘I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; YET NOT I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.’
May our daily prayer, our constant desire be…
‘No more ME, just all Christ IN me..
1 Cor 12:13,14, Gal 6:2, Rom 15:1, Luke 10:27, Gal 2:20,