1Corinthians 12:12-21 says, “The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up only one body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into Christ’s body by one Spirit, and we have all received the same Spirit. Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am only an ear and not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? Suppose the whole body were an eye — then how would you hear? Or if your whole body were just one big ear, how could you smell anything? But God made our bodies with many parts, and he has put each part just where he wants it. What a strange thing a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”
I have always loved that passage. Well, to be entirely honest, when I first started being exposed to Scripture in general, I thought that one was a little…dumb…and more than a tad…obvious. But THEN, I actually began to better understand and appreciate Scripture! And so NOW…I love that passage!
I think what I like the most about it is the fact that it points to a radical sense of equality. It totally, and I mean TOTALLY, looks beyond things like the color of our skin, our gender, our age, our heritage, our economic status…whatever it is that separates us. Instead, it points to that radically equality that God offers.
Think about that for a moment- when we are out in the world, we are FAR from equal. We SHOULD be equal…but we’re not. All of those things I mentioned above, plus about 99,000 others, drive a HUGE wedge between us- one that is hard…if not impossible…to overcome by worldly approaches. But when we are in the presence of God, we are radically equal. Not just equal, but RADICALLY so.
Now you might thinking, “This whole thing SOUNDS good, Pastor, but I have BEEN to church. And those people can’t even get along with each other, let alone think anybody NEW is ‘radically equal”!” And to that I say, sadly, “Amen”. I too have been to churches where this concept is lip service at best, reviled at worst. But I have also been to churches that take seriously the notion that we are all…ALL…children of God. In fact, I serve just such church now!
Don’t misunderstand- this church isn’t perfect. I mean…we ARE human, after all! But I am regularly amazed at how welcome these people are. It doesn’t matter who it is that walks in- I honestly see no snubbing, ignoring or avoiding going on. And that, my friend, is pretty rare and pretty awesome! We ARE radically equal in God’s eyes. And so we should treat each other that way.
Are you an ear? An eye? A finger? A toe? A spleen? A duodenum? (Google it!) Whatever part you are…you are welcome in God’s world, God’s house! Thanks for stopping by- I pray you have a blessed day! Please make sure and come back again tomorrow, and stick with Jesus!
Tomorrow- The Bible Isn’t “One Size Fits All”