Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
Some of us are content with our bodies. Others wish our noses weren’t quite as pointy, our hips not as wide, our pants a few sizes smaller. But whatever we think about our physical appearance, we care about our bodies and strive to take care of them. We try to eat well, get adequate rest and exercise in hopes of maintaining a functional body now and prevent disease down the road.
As a Christian, we care about and want to take care of the body of Christ as a whole as well as the other people who make up his body along with us. In our own microcosms of the body of Christ, we love those in our families, our friend groups, our churches and our communities. We want healthy members of our “bodies” so we can continue to be unified in our purposes and the tasks God gives us.
Being healthy in our physical body takes effort, and it’s no different in the spiritual body of Christ. In the particular “bodies” God has placed us, we can implement the directive found in I Thessalonians 5:1: “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
In our families, we can recognize each other’s skills, personalities and spiritual gifts. We can foster opportunities for our family members to use them to God’s glory. We can offer empathy and support for a fellow church member going through a challenging time . We can inspire others with our positive, Spirit-filled attitude as we interact with our coworkers. In building up individuals, we build up the body of Christ.
In our physical body, we may fracture an arm or get a cold or other ailment. When that happens, we don’t just cut off the arm or neglect ourselves with less sleep and fluids. Similarly in our Christian bodies, there will be times when the body of Christ isn’t healthy or unified. Your child’s behavior may require redirection, a beloved coworker messes up a project at work, or a married friend isn’t honoring their marriage vows. It’s in those times we draw upon the love and care we’ve put into our relationships to “speak the truth in love” as referenced in Ephesians 4:15. Let’s take good care of our bodies, both our own physical body as well as the body of Christ, with encouragement and love.
Christian Worship 500
For Christian Homes, O Lord, We Pray
United in a bond of love,
We lift our eyes to you above.
From you we gain the strength to live,
The wish to share, the joy to give.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We are grateful for the bodies you’ve given us, both physical and spiritual. Please help us to take care of each other as we grow in you and as the body of Christ as we “speak truth in love.” In Jesus’ name, Amen.