One Body Many Parts
From the Pastor’s Desk…
I Corinthians 12: 12 “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.”
The human body is composed of 270 bones at birth, but decreases to about 206 bones by adulthood. Apparently, this is because as a person matures, some of their bones fuse together.
Someone wrote this humorous parody about the four main bones in every organization. It could have been applied to the Church. The wish-bones: Wishing somebody would do something about the problem. The jaw-bones: Doing all the talking but very little else. The knuckle-bones: Those who knock everything. The back-bones: Those who carry the brunt of the load and do most of the work. (Bits & Pieces, October 15, 1992, pp. 16-17)
Actually, the body of Christ should function much differently. Paul compares the body of Christ to the human body. He make some humorous observations by showing what happens when the body does not work harmoniously. He speaks of the foot wanting to be the hand, and the ear wanting to be the eye. Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? Imagine a cartoonist drawing a picture of a person walking on their hands, and with their eyes on the side of their head. In using a little humor, Paul is telling us that every part of the body has its own purpose. God made the feet to walk, the hands to perform a multitude of tasks, the eyes to see, and the ears to hear. Aren’t we glad they work as well as they do!
How can the body of Christ function as it should? There is only one way, and that is when we follow the Head. Christ is the Head of the church, and He directs the entire body. Unfortunately, we often treat the church as though it were a secular organization with its rules and regulations. Yet Christ is the Head of the church, the Holy Spirit is the Administrator, and the Bible is our Robert’s Rules of Order.
************We need more back bones in the church!*************