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Knit Together

by on November 7, 2013
The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.
-1 Corinthians 12:12
Well, after almost a month hiatus, I have headed back to the gym.  Getting back into a physical routine is not easy for me, but I have encouragement from Candace, and a new workout partner in my son, Rory.  In addition to weight training and time on the rowing machine, Rory also likes to take to the treadmill.  After our last workout together, he ran two miles in ten and a half minutes!  Where does he find the energy, I wonder?
While Ror can come away from our workouts with energy and little or no pain, I find that my body has begun to take longer to recover.  Pain and stiffness has settled into my joints and muscles more quickly, and seems to stay longer.  And when one part of my body is particularly sore, I find that it can affect how my whole body feels.  So when my arms hurt, my back needs to compensate.  When my legs are sore, my arms need to step up.
And that is how it should be.  When Paul speaks about the Body of Christ in 1 Corinthians 12:12, he is using a metaphor to illustrate how the family of God should interact together.  While this illustration is true for all of us, I think it should be noted that the particular church to whom Paul wrote these words suffered from a form of egocentricity among its participants.  They were struggling to be a family, because often times, their interests were selfish in nature and focus.
We are all different, aren’t we.  Each of us have individual interests and tastes, specific personalities, character qualities, experiences and emotions that make us uniquely us.  God knit us together this way.  As the Body of Christ, we need to remember that we are all unique individuals… just like everybody else.  When we come together, we form something greater than ourselves alone.  We are the Body.  We need each other.  And with Christ as our Head, guiding us and sanctifying us as we grow in Him, we can shine His love more brightly in a fallen world.
Where shall we find the energy, I wonder?  In Christ alone.
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