Earlier today, in preparation for a covenant group that I am grateful to be a part of, I was reading and was deep into Greg Ogden’s book, Discipleship Essentials. As I read, I became inspired and renewed by the whole mystery of the Church as the Body of Christ alive, well, and at work in the world.
I find it more than amazing that Christ is alive and at work in me as well as many people not at all like me who have been baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body. The collateral reading came from 1 Corinthians 12. When I came to verse 21, I was awestruck and had to pause for reflection: The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”(NIV). Considering the gravity of those words and the depth of such a teaching I was brought to confession of my sin of thinking somehow there are those very different from me that I can deem unneeded.
Countless times I have proclaimed, “We don’t get to choose our sisters and brothers in Christ!” But today and just today did I awaken to the reality that the Body of Christ needs me, AND I need the Body of Christ and every single person who is a part of it regardless of how different from me they may be. Even more miraculous are those who think I am too much to tolerate and the reality that because I am part of the Body of Christ they need me. Wow!
Lord Jesus, thank you today for how you continue to teach, lead, and transform us. Forgive us when we have sinned in thought and deed. Affirm our worth to you and to one another that the whole world may come to know the love of Jesus Christ! Amen.