Archive for February, 2013

Weekly Meditation – “We are the Body of Christ”

February 20, 2013

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body– whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free– and we were all given the one Spirit to drink…As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 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!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (1 Corinthians 12:12-13, 20-27)

Paul gives us a wonderful principle in this discussion of the body of Christ (the church). Not only are the parts of the body all indispensable (which we believe), but “the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor.” He has already said in this letter that “God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong” (1:28). Here he backs it up by talking about the church. In contrast with the Jewish religious system of his day and most other organizations, where the most intellectual, wealthy and powerful held all the power, the church was to be a place where the “lowest” member was honored as much as the “highest” one. In fact, the members that seem to be weaker or more vulnerable receive special care. In the process of living that out, it might actually appear as if some (weaker) members receive more care and concern than others. How do we keep this in balance? Chapter 13, on love, shows us the “most excellent way.” Love does not envy or boast, is not self-seeking and keeps no record of wrongs. All of these qualities are required if we are to have “equal concern for each other.” Being one body requires a death to self that comes only out of the deep well of Christ’s sufficiency and overflows to other members of Christ’s body of which we are a part.
Let’s ask the Lord to help us live this out with each other before the watching world.

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Interview with Rosaria Butterfield

February 15, 2013

Check out Marvin Olasky’s interview with Rosaria Butterfield, author of “The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert,” the subject of our book discussion on March 15th. Grab a book and come join us!
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