Words from the Heart for Monday November 25th, 2019
But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
1 Corinthians 12:18-20 (NIV)
Based on geological history, Canada can be divided into six regions, each characterized by a distinctive landscape: the Canadian Shield, Interior Platform, Appalachian Orogen, Innuitian Orogen, Cordillera and Western Canada Sedimentary Basin, and the Eastern Continental Margin. Many Canadians are surprised to learn that much of Canada’s eastern landscape is part of the Appalachian mountains that mark so much of the eastern portion of the United States. In eastern Canada, only PEI and Labrador are not Appalachian.
One of the most practical illustrations of how Christians are to relate to one another is the idea of a human body. In 1 Corinthians 12:18-20 Paul writes, “But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.” We too often use the term “Body of Christ” without considering the implications of this. My father was hearing impaired and struggled with being in a large noisy crowd. It meant that most Sundays he couldn’t stay after church for the fellowship time. Which was a challenge because my father was a people person. If one part of our body isn’t functioning well, our whole body suffers. That is the point that Paul is making. Each one of us who loves the Lord Jesus is a part of the Body of Christ. It is our responsibility to stay spiritually healthy so that the entire Body of Christ is healthy and functioning as it ought. You matter to the Body of Christ. Take time daily to be the healthiest part of that body that you can.
These have been words from the heart.