The Body of Christ

Our human bodies are wonderful creations. Psalm 139: 13-16 (NLT) says:“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvellous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed”.

With distinctive and individual personalities and characteristics; hair and eye colours; physical abilities ages or careers, we are all at various seasons in our lives.  As individuals, we each have personal desires, skills, career hopes, family dreams, giftings, strengths and abilities. Our bodies too, will react to situations such as injury, limited mobility, or serious illnesses differently, but one thing is very clear. Every single one of us is unique with our individual life journey and opportunities planned by God before we were born.

In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul likens the church to a human body. The Message also puts it like this: “The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church; every part dependent on every other part. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance (or enthusiasm of the whole body). You are Christ’s body—that’s who you are! You must never forget this. Only as you accept your part of that body does your “part” mean anything”.

We have been very blessed by people who have visited us and now want to make FBC their spiritual home. May our prayer always be that people choosing to do this are cohesively woven into their part of our church family.

Louise McLachlan