As Christians, sometimes we tend to get caught up in ourselves and focus solely on our needs. We feel if we are pleased with our personal walk, then it doesn’t matter what others think, or if we are even helping them. I think we’ve all been guilty of thoughts such as “They ought to do better,” “It’s their fault for not making a good decision” or “Nobody helped me when I was going through that!” However, no matter how natural these thoughts and feelings seem to come, we must remember that we are all the body of Christ. We must have a desire to help others strengthen their walk with Christ!
Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12:12-14 “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 14 For the body is not one member, but many.”
He goes on to further explain how every part has a role to play, whether an arm, ear, foot, nose or eye, and we can’t just get rid of one because we don’t like the way it’s performing one day. He says in v22-23 that even the feeble members, and parts we think of as less honorable are necessary.
As I began to really think on this, I thought about my own body. When I have a headache or backache, broken finger, cuts and bruises, insect sting, or a splinter in my foot… I don’t just remove that part of my body, or consider it unimportant and choose to ignore it from now on! No, I want it fixed! I try to figure out the root of the pain, and even go to the doctor if I’m in need of relief.
I want my body to work properly. Sometimes even the strong parts are forced to rest so that the others parts may heal. This should be our same attitude with the body of Christ. We need seek answers for people’s pain, and yes, even their rude remarks! We must learn to work together and be that friend that doesn’t abandon them, but understands that the enemy is behind discord. Revelation 12:9-10 calls Satan the “accuser of our brethren.” He deceives people, and wants us to give up on one another to weaken the body of believers.
I also look to chapter 6 of Paul’s letter written to Ephesus, “12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” We must not get sidetracked with gossip, disputes, grudge holding, and jealousy. We are to take care of one another just as we would our own legs, arms, eyes, and ears. If there’s a problem… then get help… seek answers! Jesus is our remedy.
Lord, I pray, “Help me to walk in your ways and show kindness, even when it’s difficult. As I seek you in daily prayer and through Your Word, show me the steps to take, and the people I need to reach out to more. Let me love more, forgive more, and help more. Let me remember daily to treat others the way I want to be treated.”
Rev. Cathleen N. Cathcart is pastor of New Life Worship Center in Spartanburg.