Community–if I may put this rather lamely–is where it’s at. It’s what we’re created for. We’re not just a “Body” that can pretend the other parts of itself don’t exist.
Why did God decide to call His followers/family/groupies the “Body” instead of, say, the “Mind” or the “Great Idea” or something equally obtuse? Perhaps we are called the Body because of how we understand our own bodies to work. No matter what your education level or culture, you know that a body is an organized, animated object that spends its lifetime engaging the world around it. The body has no choice but to interact physically and purposefully with what is outside of itself. It’s a physical life, an active life, that requires regular contact to simply survive.
So what about “The Body of Messiah”? Aren’t we supposed to interact, affect, animate, engage, and touch that which is outside? How can we survive as followers of God if we don’t? And how can our Messiah make any difference in our world if we, his actual Body, don’t do it in his stead? Notice that the group of people known as “Believers in Messiah” are given gifts that require action or interaction. What believer can say that God gave them the spiritual gift of “being”? Or the gift of “thinking”? That would do no good except to serve oneself. Even the gift of “faith”demands action. Can one keep faith to his or herself or should they use it for the good of the community? 1 Corinthians 12:7 answers that by saying:
7 Moreover, to each person is given the particular manifestation of the Spirit that will be for the common good.
So even “faith” must be used as a verb. How often do we live like this? Like every single action we take is the animated reality and physical manifestation of who Messiah is? How often do we use every gift as a verb instead of a medal of honor or a badge of identity?
Does being a “Body” matter to you? Do you think we are one complete Body even though we are filled with disagreement and dissension? Can we be a Body in this state?
I welcome your insight!