By Belinda Kendall, Pastor, Associate at The Sending Project
Lord, thank you for the life-changing power of your Word. Help me to obey your Word, so that my ways may please you and lead others to you.
1 CORINTHIANS 12:27
All of you are Christ’s body, and each one is a part of it.
There’s an old children’s song that names different parts of the human body and tells how they’re connected. The point of the song is that each part is important and serves a different purpose. In the verses that precede today’s reading, the apostle Paul refers to parts of the human body and how they work together in order to explain the relationship among members of the body of Christ. He challenges Christ followers in Corinth to work together, valuing each member and the contribution each makes to building God’s kingdom.
“All of you,” Paul says, speaking of the church collectively, “are Christ’s body.” Like the Corinthian church, all of us should realize that we are better together and that it will take the whole body of believers to get God’s work done! Only when we coordinate and cooperate can we accomplish God’s will and purpose. At times it seems that we are disconnected from one another, separated by color and culture, denomination and other differences. But we should not allow our differences to prevent us from working together to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
What if the church actually worked together to do what Jesus did? People would begin to see the love of God reaching out to them. It helps to look at what Jesus did with his hands and feet. Throughout Scripture we see Jesus reaching out and touching people! Whether it was Zacchaeus who was not well-liked, the woman at the well who was a social outcast, or the leper in need of healing, Jesus was up close and personal with those he encountered— and most often with those whom most people had no desire or intention to touch! Like Jesus, we should be ready to engage with those around us whom we know need Jesus’s loving, healing touch.
How can we be the feet of Jesus? We can go where he went. Jesus went wherever people needed him. As the body of Christ, we shouldn’t wait for hurting people to come to us. Instead, we should approach those in need.
Jesus reached out and touched not only those within his reach but also those beyond, and he calls us to demonstrate that we are his by doing likewise!
Identify ways in which you can be the hands and feet of Jesus to someone you meet this week. You can prepare a meal for a family in need or visit someone in need of care.
Father, help me to reach beyond my comfort zone and represent you in places that need you most. Give me courage to engage with people as you would, so that your love will shine through.