Many members of one body
For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.Romans 12:4-5
A baseball team has many positions with players spread out all across the field. If all nine players don’t work together, they can’t win the game. It is a very similar concept with the Christian church working together for Christ.
For a baseball team to work together, each has a different role to play. For instance, a pitcher has to throw the ball to his catcher and hope the other team’s batter doesn’t hit it. If the batter does get a good connection on the ball, the pitcher has to rely on his infielders and outfielders to catch it. At that point, the pitcher has no control of what happens next. He has to completely rely on his teammates to get out.
Likewise, each member of a church has a different but important role to play. The pastor preaches the word to his congregation every Sunday and the church members must act upon the Gospel in their daily lives. However, if the church body doesn’t act on the gospel and apply it to their lives, the church can’t accomplish what they are called to do. The pastor can’t make his church members go out and be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. Church members must fulfill this role throughout their week.
As Christians, we must live out the gospel every day. The pastor has his role in the church just like regular members do. We are called to serve in different roles, whether it is helping the poor in the community, evangelizing to the lost, discipling those who have given their life to Christ, and so on.
The church has many members, but we are one body. We all must work in unity together to fulfill the law of Christ. God gave us his one and only son to save us from our sins, so that we may go out and share that good news with everyone. No one person can do it alone. We must all serve Christ in one accord and rely on him to reach others for God’s kingdom.
This week, pray about how you can serve in your own local church. Think about what you can do to work with others in order to share the love of Christ in your community.