100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 33
You Are a Member of Christ’s Body (Romans 12:5)
The Bible describes the community of believers as a body. In the same way that we each have one physical body with many members, so the body of Christ is one but comprised of many parts with different functions.
“… so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all others” (Romans 12:5).
I often imagine the wondrous revelation that heaven holds for us believers, including the perfect connection of the body. It’s more than this mortal mind can conceive, but I do know moments of rapture in this temporal world in which I cry tears of thanksgiving for the beautiful body of my Savior. I need to say this again: Jesus, Your body is beautiful!
You Belong to Something Beautiful
Child of God, you are a part of something big and beautiful- the body of Christ, His Church, of which He is the Head. What is so significant about that, you ask? We, the Church, are the manifold wisdom of God (See Ephesians 3:10). We make the wisdom of God known “to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to His eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Ephesians 3:10-11).
Still don’t get it? Let’s look again at the example of the individual body. The body declares a message about the person: I am alive and I am full of potential because of the divine design of my Creator. In the same way, we, the body of Christ, declare to the rulers in the spiritual realm, “Jesus is alive and full of potential!” We declare it through the demonstration of the gifts given to each member of the body.
You Have Purpose in the Body of Christ
As one who is perfectly connected to the body of Christ, you have a function that is in proportion to the measure of faith given you by God (See Romans 12:3). In the same way that different parts of the human body have different purposes, so the believers fulfill various purposes. The goal is that we are complete and nothing is lacking in the demonstration of the wisdom of God.
“… the body, the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way” (Ephesians 1:23).
We’ve talked about gifts before in the 100-Day Identity Makeover (See Day 15). Hopefully, you have discovered your unique gift and purpose in the body of Christ, for, truly, everyone who believes in Jesus has the Spirit of God and one or more spiritual gifts. See the post highlighted above for the link to an online diagnostic test to determine your spiritual gift.
You Have Accountability in Your Life
God loves you so much that He will not allow you to remain as you are! He is always promoting His goodness, the full measure of Christ in you! The body of Christ plays an important part in the nature of Jesus being formed in each believer. The spiritual gifts are given for the common good, so when each one operates in his/her respective gifts, the body is being built up and strengthened. Through our strong connection of faith in the community of believers, we have built-in accountability. Think about your own body and consider a knee that suffers injury. Do you just write off the knee as no longer useful, or do you nurture it through the healing process and then strengthen it to prevent a subsequent injury? Obviously, you take care of the knee, and that is what happens in the spiritual body. We look out for one another and seek opportunity to strengthen each other.
We speak the truth in love, and that means at times saying things that may be difficult to hear. But necessary confrontation is bathed in prayer, and we know that the Holy Spirit goes before us and prepares the heart of the receiver. Understand that a believer holds another member of the body accountable for the purpose of mutual edification. Remember, we are one, so if you’re misaligned, I’m impacted too.
Let’s finish this look at our membership in the body of Christ with truth from God’s Word. “We will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work” (Ephesians 4:14-16).
Walk It Out Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).
Take opportunities to operate in your spiritual gift in a local community of believers.