Instead, speaking the truth in love, we would, in all things, grow up into Christ, who is the head. From him, the whole body, being joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows in accordance with Christ’s activity when he measured out each individual part. He causes the growth of the body so that it builds itself up in love.
Dear Lord Jesus,
The image of each of us being part of and growing into the Church’s body is such a vivid metaphor. So often, I feel like I am an island by myself in this wilderness. Yet, this picture shows how intimately your people are joined together. The Holy Spirit started our faith to trust in your holy life and innocent death; we became part of the Church’s body through this same faith. We trust that all our sins are forgiven, and this joins us together into your body, the Church. When I think of all the cells that are a part of my body, each one of them has its particular function. They hold together linked arm-in-arm to do their specific function. Some provide an exterior covering, while others give support, and others contribute by feeding, smelling, touching, seeing, hearing. If I get a cut, particular cells quickly rush to the scene to begin healing the wound. Our bodies are outstanding in the way all the organs and systems function together as one person. Likewise, the body of the Church is all united. Paul tells us we are held together with the ligaments and muscles for the body to do its work. You have assigned each of us a particular task within your body, and we grow into the job you have set for us. Feed us with your word today that we can diligently do our part within your kingdom. With you as our head, all the wisdom comes from you. Please let your thoughts be our thoughts. Help us not only see but also take the opportunities you give us to share your good news with others, grafting them into your body. Please continue to build us up in love for one another. Amen.
Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
Believers are not alone; we are all a part of Christ. If we are in him, then he is in us. Jesus promised that whoever remains in him he gives life.