Last week camp ended and I returned home with two injuries. The first was a swollen knuckle. It was the result of being jammed during an intense game of "9 Square in the Air." The second, more painful injury, came from a heated arm wrestling competition that I was certain I would lose, but went into strong. The battle felt long, but when I began to chuckle at something nearby, it was all over (it was close to over by then anyway). I came away with something pulled in my arm and hefty pain that medicine is taking care of this week. Those two pains, though, have caused a few issues here and there. As I try to do one thing – like lift a canoe on top of my car – that pain has reared its ugly head and made my body resist. It’s shown me that each part of the body is important and each one works together. When one hurts, it affects the rest of the body. It’s much better when they’re all functioning well together.
1 Corinthians 12:12 says this, “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.” All those who know Christ are part of the same body. I don’t just mean those in your church, but all who are Christ-followers all over the world. We all form one big body together. We weep for our fellow limbs that suffer from torture for serving our Lord. We struggle with those digits who are going through a rough spiritual journey. We plead for wisdom with parts who are making vital, life-changing decisions. We rejoice with feet who shared the gospel of peace and have the joy of reaping the harvest of salvation with a co-worker or family member. The body of Christ is one unit. Let us not just make that statement, but show it by our love for one another (John 13:35).