Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by 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. Even so the body is not made up of one part but many. – 1 Corinthians 12:12-14
Have you ever experienced significant physical pain? About 4 years ago I cracked a disc in my lower back. The pain was significant for months until I was diagnosed and underwent months of therapy. When you go through pain like that, your entire body knows it, and adjusts. You walk differently. You pick things up differently. You sneeze differently. You get dressed differently. You sleep differently. Your entire body reacts, whether it’s in pain or not. It reacts and responds to relieve the pain where it is at.
I think this pain scenario applies to our church body as well. When someone in the church is in pain, the entire body reacts, whether it is in pain or not. It reacts and responds to relieve the pain. It prays, it cooks, it takes the kids, it shops, it does chores. It does what it needs to in order to relieve the pain as much as possible. It does what it can, when it can. We are not all the same, we cannot all do the same. We do what we can.
If you are a believer, are you in the body? Are you allowing the church to come along side you? Are you coming alongside others?
If you are not a believer, would you consider visiting a church and experiencing this kind of support? Being surrounded by this kind of love is pretty incredible. Maybe even supernatural.
If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. – 1 Corinthians 12: 26
Let us suffer with you, and rejoice with you.