MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18
“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.”
1 Corinthians 12:12 (ESV)
James Whistler, the Victorian artist, showed scant respect for the hierarchy of any profession. When his poodle fell ill with a throat infection, the artist sent immediately for the country’s leading ear, nose, and throat specialist. Sir Morell Mackenzie was not amused when he was shown his patient, but he conducted a thorough examination, wrote out a prescription, and left with his fee.
The next day Sir Morell Mackenzie sent the artist James Whistler a message; in it he asked him to call on him without delay. Fearing some development in the poodle’s condition, James Whistler hurried to the doctor’s house. “So good of you to come, Mr. Whistler,” said Mackenzie as his visitor was shown in. “I wanted to see you about having my front door painted.” Well, Sir Morell Mackenzie got his revenge and made his point effectively!
There are times when you want an expert’s opinion. In 1 Corinthian 12 the Apostle Paul gives an expert opinion on the spiritual condition of the body of Christ. He uses the analogy of a body to help us better understand how we can function together as a healthy church. The term “body” is introduced in verse 12 and then repeatedly used by Paul 17 times throughout the remainder of the chapter.
Man has always been amazed by the way the different body parts cooperate. Plato drew a famous picture in which he said that the head was a citadel;…the neck, the Isthmus(is-mis) between the head & the body;…the heart, the fountain of the body;…the pores, the lanes of the body;…the veins, the canals of the body.
It is also amazing when the church cooperates together like a healthy body. This past Sunday Mike reminded us that we all make up the body of Christ. And God has done some amazing things through this local church body this past year. Can you think of some of the examples from this past year when our church functioned together like a healthy body? Praise God for those healthy areas. Take some time today and read 1 Corinthians 12:12-31. We will dig deeper into this passage this week and look at our place in the body of Christ.