“…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…