This week, I am in Kirkland, Washington. I’ve had the opportunity to listen to two of my favorite pastors, Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel. I don’t know them personally, nor do they know me, but I do know them from their writings, websites and videos.
I learned a great deal today about leadership. I learned what makes great leaders, what hinders leaders, things to do, things not to do. Mostly, though, I was reminded today that I am part of the body. I am part of the body of Christ. Apart from the body, I am not much — in fact, Andy used the image of a body part in a jar on a shelf — useless and gross! I am part of the body of Christ. I have a role to play. As do each and every one of you — the body of Christ has so very many members. Each important, each valued, each esteemed.
Sometimes, parts of our body wear out. Literally, they wear out. I took a shuttle to the hotel this week, and my driver had a testimonial about body parts. He is the recipient of a heart transplant. The woman who (unfortunately) gave of her own body was an athlete; her parents live in Homer, Alaska. My driver had the opportunity to meet her family, and they have since “adopted” one another. He has a set of parents in Alaska, and they have a son in Washington. The body can be resurrected; it can continue.
In Paul’s letter to the Romans, read these words: “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” (Romans 12:3-5).
We belong to one another. We are all the body of Christ, each member important. Thanks be to God for the members of the body!