The Body of Christ. It’s an incredible team. The brilliance of its design can only be attributed to the God of the Bible. (If you don’t know what I’m talking, you may find it helpful to refer to this post.)
Maybe you follow Jesus and are part of this incredible Body of Christ. Or maybe you’re standing off to the side wondering what it’s all about. Either way, let’s look together at some of the ways the members of this body work together (with affirmations from the Bible).
You can assume that for all of the following verses, the writer is speaking to or about members of the Body of Christ.
#1. They help each other along on the same journey
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
-1 Thessalonians 5:11
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,
#2. They cause each other to praise God
This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.
-2 Corinthians 9:12-13
#3. They complement each other
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty,
-1 Corinthians 12:21-23
#4. They comfort each other
If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
-1 Corinthians 12:26
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
-2 Corinthians 1:3-4
#5. They reflect the mindset of Christ for the world to see
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
#6. They share an indescribable joy
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
-1 Peter 1:8-9
#7. They provide each other with accountability and prayer
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
-1 John 1:7
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
This post is a compilation of Bible verses which express various ways in which the members of the Body of Christ work together. But it’s not an exhaustible list…
…so let’s talk!
- In practice, how do you think the Body of Christ measures up to this list? Does it general do a good job or not?
- Have you noticed other ways that the Body of Christ works together?
- Do you have any stories of how you’ve personally witnessed unity and diversity between its members?
- What does the design tell you about the Designer?