“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. 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. For the body is not one member, but many.” 1 Corinthians 12:12-14 (KJV)
In our physical body we have had no choice about how we are made. We may have been made with a weak heart, weak muscles, and even diseased in some way. We all have body parts that are failing us in one way or another; especially as we age. It is still our body, and it is one.
Just as we often have no choice with the parts of our physical body we have no choice with who makes up the Body of Christ – Christians. Only God has made that choice by His grace. In Jesus Christ we are all the Body of Christ on earth. Each of us have a part in His Body. Each is important. Any one of us who hurts or causes hurt, hurts the whole Body. Think of that the next time you are tempted to sin.
-Tim A. Blankenship