The human body is an amazing demonstration of God’s miraculous power. Scattered across our skin is approximately 640,000 sense receptors. Within our mouth are approximately 9,000 taste buds. The average person has over 100,000 stands of hair and our heart beats more than 2.5 billion times during our lifetime. In addition, our body is made up of over 600,000 muscles which help us to walk and to talk, to breathe and to live.
The human body is amazing. So is the body of Christ.
Romans 12:4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. NLT
1) Every Part of the Body of Christ is Uniquely Different
Referring to his physical body, the psalmist said – “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” (Ps 139:14 ESV) David considered his physical body to be so marvelous that it caused him to bow in reverence before his Creator.
Consider Paul’s thoughts concerning the church’s uniqueness –
1 Corinthians 12: 14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 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? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. ESV
We’re not all the same. The church is made up of a number of unique individuals.
2) All the Unique Parts of the Body Are Meant to Work Together as One
“As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.” (1 Corinthians 12:20 ESV)
Our physical body is made up of many unique and amazing parts. Yet if all these parts did not cooperate and work together, we could not function. If the foot decided to go in one direction while the eye decided to go in another, we would be in a mess.
The same is true with the body of Christ. Though we are all different, we are designed to function as one. One part of our spiritual body is not more important that the rest, nor is one part of our spiritual body meant to be in competition with the others. We are a unit. We are a body. We are His church.
David said that we are ‘fearfully and wonderfully made.’ That is true both physically and spiritually. The same God who created our amazing physical bodies, is also the God who created His amazing spiritual body.