Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
1 Corinthians 12:27 ESV
The body of Christ is a subject in The Bible that is touched on very often, more than just once or twice. Lately, I’ve stuggled with being different from most Christians. The struggle is real folks, I’ll tell you that. I was always an outsider to not only this world, but in the Christian realm too. I always look at someone else’s faith, what they’re doing in their lives, and I always want to live that way. Or when embraced by my interests, I usually get embarrassed to express it to others. As if what I’m doing is wrong. But it was recently that I then found out, it is good to be different.
God made us unique, He designed us for a purpose in life. However, it isn’t going to be the same as your Christian peers. Like the title of this blog post, we are the body of Christ. As Paul stated in 1 Corinthians, “If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell?” The ear has a different agenda than the tounge. The eye has a different job than the foot. The nose prefers different things than the stomach. All of it has a purpose, but for different reasons.
No matter if you like Country music or rap music, you’re still apart of the body of Christ if you’ve accepted Him into your heart. You like to cook? Good for you, because you’re still apart of the body of Christ. Your life is different from that other Christian? That’s okay, because God’s got a different agenda for you that will be ten times better than you’ll ever imagine. It takes faith to be apart of the body of Christ, not a sense of “worthiness”. As written in Galatians, we are free from the law. We don’t have to be like the other Christian peers, because likely, they don’t have it all together either. In fact, they’re probably just as scared as you are.
The goal of being apart of the body of Christ isn’t about imitating others, but imitating Christ Himself. I know, crazy. But listen, in order to follow Christ, we must be try our best to be like Him as much as possible. Now, of course it’s impossible to be exactly like Christ, but we can still love like He did. Help the poor, feed the sick. Love ourselves as we love others with the love God gave us. To not have hatred or bitterness, but truly love someone because they’re God’s creation.
To play your part, to do what God has called you to do even when it’s uncomfortable. To do what you can do for the Kingdom of God. To have complete faith in Him, knowing He will get you through the toughest of times. To live out the calling in your life. That’s the body of Christ people, and don’t let anyone take away your part.