Would you do me a favor? Pick up your right foot and move it in a clockwise circle (that’s to the right for those who only know digital time). Now, as you are moving your right foot in a clockwise circle, draw a “6” in the air. Your foot changed directions, didn’t it?
Try it again, this time really concentrate on your foot NOT changing directions. It still changed directions, didn’t it? Do you know why? It has to do with how your brain codes movements on the same side of your body.
The human body is a remarkable thing. This exercise proves that the body was designed to work and function together, as a unit.
It is amazing to me that, as fantastic as the body is, some people believe that our bodies were not designed, but came about because of a “cosmic accident” billons of years ago.
Paul, on a couple of occasions, compares the church to a body (see Romans 12:3-8 and 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, for example). Just as each of our bodies were designed and formed to work together, so is the body of Christ.
In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul wrote about how the body cannot argue with itself. One part cannot say that, since it is not another part, it is unneeded. Nor can one part say to another part that it is not needed.
I have known congregations that were known for their, well, discontent, for each other. I have seen congregations where the members had “driven others away” and were “proud” of it. These congregations were not growing because no one wanted to be a part of them. They saw the church, the Body of Christ, and His members were moving in different directions.
In John 13:35, Jesus said, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” May we strive, as the Body of Christ, to be known throughout Amarillo by our love for one another!