Word(s) for Day 5: Each Part Belongs
There’s a good chance that you’re already familiar with Paul’s Body-language. Just as you have a physical body with many parts, each with its unique functional mandate (by God’s design), so the Body of Christ is an assembly of parts put together by God. Each part – each one of us – is placed in the Body with a role to play. A job to do. A contribution to make. It isn’t a stretch for us, really, to accept the idea that each part belongs… in the Body. That isn’t, however, exactly what Romans 12:5 is saying.
“We are the parts of that body, and each part belongs to all the others.” Yes, we belong in the Body of Christ (and this is very, VERY good news!), but as one holy Body-part, you and I also belong TO all the other parts. We are not our own. As one member of a local church and the Church Universal, we belong to all of the other members – not just to Christ. This little word to is much harder to embrace – in this context – than the word in, yet it will make all the difference in the world. And in the Kingdom of God.
Body-Builder and Creator God, I need to be reminded that I belong. I belong to You! I belong in the Body of Christ on this earth for precisely such a time as this! Don’t let me forget – send Your Spirit to remind me – that I’m not alone in my belonging. Each part belongs, according to Your intricate design, including a vast variety of people (including people I admit I wouldn’t have chosen to be in the Body with). Help me to take my function seriously, but not too seriously. Not at the expense of the value of another. As a member of Your Body, help me to be responsible for and to all of the rest of those who also belong. Whenever it is up to me, help me to choose to live and work and worship You in harmony with all of Your people. Amen.