“What we have is one body with many parts, each its proper size and in its proper place.” 1 Corinthians 12:20 (The Message Bible)
In today’s lesson, Paul uses another of his great metaphors in relating one’s own body to that of the body of the church. Paul reminds us that no one part of our body is more important than other parts because God designed it that way. I’m not sure what Paul means in verse 24, “When it’s a part of your own body you are concerned with, it makes no difference whether the part is visible or clothed, higher or lower. You give it dignity and honor just as it is without comparison.” It makes a difference to me if my body is visible or clothed!
I have a reoccurring dream in which I show up to an event topless and can’t find anything to cover myself. A dream therapist would probably say I am insecure or embarrassed about my body. However, I am satisfied with my body—it’s not great and doesn’t always work well; my feet are too big, my chin protrudes, my bite is terrible, my eyelids sag, and I have too many moles and dark sports. I guess I just “bared” my body in this blog!
In the church, everyone is important—the ones who comes only to participate in worship to the one who preaches the sermon. God loves them equally.
Dear Lord, help me bare my soul and become part of the Body of Christ. Amen.