The Body of Christ
By Bob Goyer
Ephesians 1:22-23. Jesus is head over all things to the church which is His body, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all.
Our physical body cannot live without the head. In the same way, the spiritual body of Christ, the church, cannot live without being connected to the head. The head cannot function without the cooperation of the body. Thus, Jesus needs His body, the church, to be connected, and in cooperation with Him, as the head of the church.
Our physical body responds to the head in a seamless and effortless fashion. It is Jesus' desire that His body respond to His promptings, commands and leading without effort. He is in us, the church, and we are in Him. There is no separation between the Head, Jesus, and the body, the church. As a member of the body of Christ, His desire is that His interests and passions become ours, so He can express Himself through us to a dying world. His desire is that the world sees His glory through His body.
We are not expected to manufacture faith, love or any other spiritual characteristic of Jesus. Rather we are to receive His love and faith so He can express Himself through us to others. We can't do this unless we are a member connected to the Head and acting in cooperation with other members of His body.
In our physical body when we hurt ourselves the pain is registered in the head. In like manner, Jesus feels and experiences the pain and sorrow we go through. Jesus said to Saul, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"Jesus didn't say, "Saul, why do you persecute my church or my family." Instead He referred to Himself as being persecuted. Saul, later to become Paul, was persecuting Christians even to the point of killing them. Because each Christian is a member of His body, Jesus was experiencing the persecution at the same time as the member.
We are His people, His family, His building. But even more important, we are His body. We are His spiritual flesh and bones. Ephesians 5:30 "For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones."
Our usefulness in the Kingdom of God does not depend on our talents, skills, abilities, knowledge or wisdom or circumstances. It depends on our closeness to the Head. It depends on how much we allow ourselves to decrease and for Him to increase in us. It depends on how much we allow His life to be lived through us.