Experience our newest resource Who Am I? A Devotional Journey For You To Soar In Your Identity In Christ (Sharon Simmonds) with the following excerpt. Available for purchase here
UNIQUE PARTS ASSEMBLED AND WORKING TOGETHER IN FUNCTION, harmony and support to fulfill a larger purpose—this is the essence of our identity as members of Christ’s body.
Being a member of Christ’s body is like being in an orchestra that creates beautiful music. The conductor chooses the piece of music and directs the sections (woodwinds, brass, percussion, strings), individual members practice and learn their parts, and the group comes together to rehearse and create. The interplay of musical instruments, themes, sounds and dynamics requires precision, careful listening and wholehearted engagement by each member.
Another comparison, used in Scripture, is that Christ’s body is like the physical body. The human body is created with different parts that work together rhythmically and systematically for health and life. Christ’s body, the Church, follows this same design. God’s people are supernaturally filled with his Spirit and given gifts for the body to be “moving rhythmically and easily with each other, efficient and graceful in response to God’s Son, fully mature adults, fully developed within and without, fully alive like Christ” (Eph. 4:12–13, MSG). Christ’s body functions and works together through Jesus, who “organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body” (Col. 1:18, MSG).
Knowing our true identity as members of Christ’s body requires nothing more or less than being connected in a personal relationship with Jesus, acknowledging and giving him his rightful place as our Lord and Leader and living in responsive obedience to him.
Reflection Q: How are you nurturing your connection with Jesus, the head of the body?
This, however, requires a willing, disciplined and collaborative commitment among God’s people—to love the Lord and one another as we learn, grow and serve together. Members of Christ’s body are particularly careful to prioritize activities and practices that bring goodness, health and care to the body. This begins in the way we interact and relate at home with our families and flows into our work together as servants of Christ.
Reflection Q: What activities and practices could enhance the way you express goodness, health and care for your family? For those you serve with?
We are also alert to malfunction and dysfunction in our lives, in our practices and in the church. We “challenge, warn, and urge” (2 Tim. 4:2, MSG) “with great patience and careful instruction” (2 Tim. 4:2, NIV) to promote and bring goodness to Christ’s body.
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“So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.”
Romans 12:4–6, MSG
This is an excerpt from “A Member of Christ’s Body”, part of a devotional collection from Who Am I? A Devotional Journey For You To Soar In Your Identity In Christ (Sharon Simmonds). Copyright ©2016 Arrow Leadership. Published by Castle Quay Books. Available for purchase from the Arrow Online Store.