Being more than just the hands and feet of Jesus

I do believe the truth contained in the following verses, to which 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 says:

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free —and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

21 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!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 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, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues[d]? Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.

If we who are followers of Christ are going to actively be the body of Christ we need to get over the notion that the only parts of Jesus’ body that can play an active role are the hands and feet, there’s more to a body than that! It strikes me if we’re all going to call dibs on being the hands and feet we’re missing the point, we’re also looking like some bizarre costume that Lady Gaga wears.

In all honesty I want to be the ears of Jesus; I want to actively listen to the stories, the good news as well as the unsettling news, without judging and simply loving on people from all walks of life.

There is so much followers of Christ can offer the world, it does to some extent need our help, but it should come out of obligation and love for others as God loves us. I recognize there have been times where I haven’t done good but for good reasons; if my heart isn’t into it and my ego is raging then any form of loving and serving God by loving and serving others is not going to take place. I get 1 Corinthians 13 with examples of what love is and also the ill effects of not having love in deeds that would otherwise be good for others and honor God all the while.

But if worse comes to worse I am willing, yes willing, to be an asshole for Jesus…now humor aside, the asshole is part of the body and it serves its purpose, most of the time anyway. 🙂

~Nathanael~

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