There are certainly more than 3 ways to be the Body of Christ but here are 3 ways you can be like the Body of Christ today.
Being Jesus’ Eyes
Do we look for the lost like Jesus did? In Matthew 9:36-38 it says that “when he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” We must have Jesus’ eyes and look and see those who are “harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” who are lost without the Great Shepherd. That’s why we must also “pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” to bring the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who are without Christ.
Being Jesus’ Mouth
Today we hear all sorts of proclamations of the gospel but here is what Jesus said when He began His earthly ministry “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15). When some Galileans were killed by Pilate, Jesus asked “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:2-3) and what about the tower of Siloam which fell upon those who lived in Jerusalem. He asked “do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:4-5). Jesus is saying that just because someone dies in a tragic accident or at the hands of another, don’t think they died because they were worse sinners…no, we are all sinners and fall short of God’s glory (Rom 3:32). His point to those who were listening was “unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” We must be the voice of Jesus and tell people that unless they repent, they too will perish.
Being Jesus’ Hands
Just before Jesus went to the cross, He washed the smelly, dirty feet of the disciples and even the one who would betray Him (Judas) and then He said “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him” (John 13:14-16). We must be Jesus’ hands and serve regardless of our position in life and sometimes that includes doing things that are not very glamorous. He gave us an example so that we should also do just as He did.
Jesus calls His church the Body of Christ for good reason. Since Jesus is now sitting at the right hand of the Father, the church now does what Jesus formerly did in the body here on earth. We must be His hands, helping those who need it, His ears, hearing those who cry out, His feet, taking the gospel into our own part of the world, his mouth, preaching repentance and faith, and His eyes, looking for hurting people. We are many members but one body…and that is the Body of Christ (Rom 12:4-5; 1 Cor 12:12-27).
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman[ssba]
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