We Are All Part Of The Body Of Christ

The body of Christ is supposed to feel the pains and the needs of each other and respond appropriately.
— Pastor Rodney

I recently had my wisdom teeth removed, and let me tell you, I was down for the count. I like to think I’m pretty tough because I’ve had three babies and all, but my face was in pain and somehow even walking was difficult.

My whole body felt it.

I developed a dry socket and there was an exposed nerve in my mouth (I know, this is a lot of information), and it went on for three or four days before the surgeon would do anything about it. All they did was take one tiny little dressing and cover that exposed nerve, and within half an hour — pure relief. I was drinking coffee and eating breakfast like nothing had ever happened.

My whole body felt it.

If we are all part of the body of Christ, we should be compelled to celebrate when there is good and cover when there is hardship because we just can't help feeling what the other body parts are feeling. It should be as innate and natural as when you shudder because you stubbed your toe or when you relax once that headache is gone — these are just normal responses of a working body.

But if we are part of the body of Christ and aren’t feeling and responding to the other parts, that’s not a sign of health. That’s numbness, that’s loss of reaction, and those things are a problem both in a physical body and in the Kingdom of God. We are not created to operate alone, and we are not better or worse than any other member. We are called and crafted to respond naturally to one another, to feel pain and find help for it, to see tender areas and cover them, to rejoice when something is strengthened or improved in another part.

It’s a litmus test, I think, for our health in the body of Christ. Are we able to feel for others? And if not, let us get moving, let us regain our sensation, let us not stay numb.

Call to Action:

As you pay attention to other parts of Christ’s body this week, take a moment to celebrate or cover or assist where you can.

Sarah Ann RogersComment