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The Proper Working of the Body

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

"But God has so composed the Body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, so that there may be no division in the Body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. . .Now you are Christís Body, and individually members of it." 1 Corinthians 12:24-27

Anyone who knows me well understands that I love to observe the marvelous workings of nature. I am always checking the High Definition Channels for any new program about how animals or insects live. My favorites are those showing the daily activities of the smallest of insects. King Solomon once wrote,- "Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise." (Prov. 6:6)

Ants are among those I admire most. They are so small and seem so insignificant individually but together working as one, they accomplish amazing things. There are so many different species of ants each with specialized habits and abilities. Some prey on other insects for food, some grow their own gardens and still others keep and herd smaller insects much like a farmer keeps cows for milk. One species feed only on honeydew produced by aphids. These ants protect the aphids from predators, carry them to safety during bad weather and provide them with choice feeding grounds. In each ant colony there are a variety of jobs that must be done. Some specialize in tending to the young, some serve the Queen, some scout, some gather and some guard the colony. Each type possesses unique traits which give them the ability to carry out their specific assignment.

 

The film makers of these programs go to great lengths to capture only the best video. Sometimes as I watch the incredible filming of the daily life in an ant colony I think to myself,- "Solomon never had the privilege to observe the ant so close up and revealing as I can from the comfort of my living room." If God cares so much for the ant to bless it with so many special gifts then surely He has not withheld any meaningful gift from man. Virtually every gift which has been bestowed upon man is designed for serving others. The possible exception may be the gift of praying in tongues which builds and edifies the one who possesses it. However, when anyone in the Body of Christ is edified and strengthened the rest of the Body benefits.

It truly is a thing of beauty to see many become one to accomplish great feats whether it is the smallest of insects or man who has been crowned with dominion over all the earth. The ancient cry"All for one. . .One for all" rings true for the pursuit of unity and the proper working of the Body of Christ. The Bible says that God has placed each member in the Body as He has desired and has given spiritual gifts to them all. (1 Cor.12:18)

The greatest gift that God has placed in the Church is leadership. The Church and the Work of God cannot go forward without faithful leadership. Jesus was moved by compassion as He looked out over the children of Israel and saw that they were like "sheep without a shepherd."(Matt.9:36) It was not His will that Godís children should be without a shepherd to care for and lead them. A Pastor is there to see the big picture and manage the Household of God. He does not lord over the Heritage of God but serves them by orchestrating the proper use of the gifts placed in the Body.

 

 

 

 

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