“So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” Romans 12:5 (KJV)
Today after church a man we all held dear was in a car accident with his wife and friend. This friend had decided to come back to church with him, a week after he was saved. At the age of 76 he gave his heart to God.
Before church was out the pastor had us pray with his new friend, almost with a sense of urgency. I figured as a new christian of course that would make sense. Little did we know what was about to occur.
I got a text from a friend stating that the two men were in an accident and being rushed to hospital in serious condition. His friend made it….he didn’t. He was being kept alive by life support, until all his friends and family could come.
Life support is a measure that keeps your organs going, when you are unable to breathe or fight any longer. He died not long after being taken off life support.
His wife and friend may have made it out okay, but now they need the body of Christ to be their life support. When you feel unable to cope with the demands of life, that’s when the body of Christ rushes in. Like red blood cells rush to the site of an injury, or an ambulance rushes to the scene of a tragedy.
“That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.” 1 Corinthians 12:25-26 (KJV)
The body of Christ is the best form of life support there is. The kind that knows how to pray with you, hold you up, rejoice with you, and mourn with you. The bible says that when one part of the body hurts, the whole body feels it. When your arm is broken, it affects the way the rest of the body functions. We all need one another to make it.
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25 (KJV)
When one part of your body isn’t being fed with oxygen rich red blood cells it will die off quickly. Without the body of Christ we can quickly become discouraged when life throws us off course. We need one another to be successful and hold one another up when needed. Every part of the body is unique, and cannot survive without the other.
“Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.” Acts 27:31 (KJV)
Stay in the life boat (Jesus – the body of Christ), and you will make it to your destination. This life is just a blip on the map of what is to come. And whatever heartache or tragedy we come across along the way, know that it is nothing that Jesus didn’t already overcome through his death on the cross. His blood is our healing, our red cross in the moment of need. And there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God. So let’s bind together in prayer for the rest of our Journey together. We may have to say goodbye to some along the way, but that isn’t the end. That just means they have gone before us….their work on earth is done, and the reward of retirement has come.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:28 (KJV)