A Healthy Body
1 Corinthians 12:12
“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.”
What people do to keep their body healthy is amazing. People will change their diets and eat bland foods just to keep their body healthy. They will start exercise regimens and take a healthy dose of vitamins, all in an attempt to keep their body healthy. The reason people are so concerned with the health of their body is because they want to enjoy living longer, and living with quality health.
Sadly, many people are more concerned with the health of their physical body than they are their church body. In 1 Corinthians 12, the Apostle Paul talks about the need for a church to have a healthy body. He compared the physical body to the church body by saying that the body has “many members.” Just like the physical body has many members that contribute to it functioning; likewise, the church has many members that contribute to making it a healthy body.
In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul goes through a short list of the signs of a healthy church body. In a healthy church body, there will be comely and uncomely members in the church. There will be members of honour and members of less honour. There will be members that lack very little spiritually, and there will be members that lack abundantly. These members make up a healthy church body. Let me share a few thoughts about this truth.
First, every member of the body is important to stay healthy. A church must be careful about only trying to get the types of members who seem to be more honourable. Every member of the church is important to each other. We must be careful that we don’t treat one member differently from the other because of our perception of their benefit or contribution to our church.
Second, don’t destroy the weaker members because they don’t fit your model of an ideal church member. God says in verse 22, “Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:” I’m afraid many Christians have been discarded from churches because they didn’t fit what we thought they should be. My friend, God makes it clear that the weaker members are just as important as the stronger members.
Third, it is the weaker member who makes the strong member stronger. Verse 23 says, “And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.” Even the strong members still have weaknesses, and the only way they will strengthen those weaknesses is to help build the weaker member. Many Christians stagnate their growth because they don’t want to get involved with uncomely Christians. Both Christians grow and become stronger if the mature Christian helps to build the weaker Christian.
Fourth, an unhealthy church body is a church body that has no uncomely members. If you want your church to stay healthy, you are going to have to continue to lead people to Christ and bring them to church. The church that never adds uncomely church members is a dying church. Let me encourage you to contribute to the health of your church body by bringing new Christians to church regularly.