5 Understandable Words for Today:

“…one body with many members…” Romans 12:4a

Membership has its benefits:

  • At the local golf club, a member is able to secure a guaranteed tee-time;

  • In a diner’s club, a member is given first priority to a table;

  • In a fraternity, a member has assistance in completing the rigors of education while in school, as well as the collective resources of the organization in securing work after graduation;

  • Amazon Prime membership provides an entire truckload of reasons to shop with the retail giant.

However, Paul was not referring to Christians being “members” in a club, fraternity, or for a shopping advantage. To some, being a member in a church may have some benefits: ability to reserve the fellowship hall; after-school care for the kids; guaranteed VBS acceptance; various retreats and concerts. In Romans 12:3-8, Paul explained first century church membership:

  • God gives each member a measure of grace (v.3a);

  • God gives each member a measure of faith (v.3e);

  • Not all members share the same function within The Body (v.4b);

  • The many members come together in forming one Body – the church (v.5a);

  • Each member is connected to all the others (v.5b);

  • Each member is uniquely gifted according to the grace God has bestowed (v.6a);

    • One who prophesies should do so in proportion to his faith (v.6b),

    • One who serves should do so without restraint (v.7a),

    • One who teaches should do so with excellence (v.7b),

    • One who encourages others should do so freely (v.8a),

    • One who gives should do so generously (v.8b),

    • One who leads should do so diligently (v.8c),

    • One who shows mercy should do so cheerfully (v.8d).

This list is not an exhaustive list of every God-given gift, only examples God breathed into Paul to show the heart and benefit of gifts when used cooperatively within The Body – the church. There is such a diversity of races, nations, and gifts within The Body (1 Corinthians 12:12-27)!

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15)

Thank God with me that we are ONE BODY WITH MANY MEMBERS!

Have a blessed day…