Thursday, April 14, 2011

Romans 12:4-5

"For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another."

Do you struggle with the temptation to minimize what you do each day?  Are you constantly looking around you and seeing others who function in roles that you consider more contributory to society or more glorifying to God?  As with all struggles, you are not alone for we all have these moments of weakness when we are disoriented to the thoughts and priorities of the Lord.  In order to draw nearer to God we must orient our thoughts to the reality of our position in Jesus Christ.  We are members of the Body of Christ and as Paul states in this verse, just as one body has many members and all the members do not have the same function, so too is the Body of Christ comprised of many members who have been assigned different functions.  The line of thinking that leads us to conclude that our race is one of less value than someone else’s is that thinking which draws us nearer to the world instead of God.  1 Thess. 5:18 states: “in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.  God determined in eternity past what our respective roles would be in the Body of Christ and we should engage in continuous thanksgiving for whatever role that He assigned to us.

Reflect for a moment on the endeavor led by Nehemiah to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.  Nehemiah after inspecting the situation in Jerusalem summed up his findings in 2:17- Then I said to them, “You see the bad situation we are in, that Jerusalem is desolate and its gates burned by fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem so that we will no longer be a reproach.”  The rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem was not only one of the most challenging construction projects in history but a difficult military endeavor as well for the pagan nations around them led by Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite sought to use force to see to it that the the walls would never be rebuilt.  Therefore, the rebuilding of the wall required some to focus on the construction while others focused on military defense.  Nehemiah 3 is an amazing account of the dispersement of the workload which was assigned to families based on their locale.  Each family was responsible for building a section of the wall where they were located.  At the same time others were selected to stand guard and protect the city.  In order for the wall to be built, everyone had to do their part and execute the role that they were assigned.  No one’s role was more important than the other, in fact if anyone did not fulfill their role the entire project would fail.  Imagine an inpenetrable wall except for one small section that one particular family believed was less important than some other section.  The wall would no longer be inpenetrable in such a case. The project would have failed.

You are a member of the Body of Christ and have been given a role to function in just like each family had been assigned a section of the wall to build.  You have been handpicked by God for the role that He has assigned you.  This is the race that He has set before you to run (Heb. 13:1) in order to draw nearer to Him for the purpose of glorifying Him.  Don’t ever look at your role in your organization or your role in your home the way the world looks at it.  We are not to look like the world and we are not to think like the world.  Do your work like the families rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.  Remember that your are fulfilling your role in the Body of Christ.  Do your job and do it right.  Col. 3:17 states: “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”  Let us be oriented to this line of thinking in order to draw nearer to God today.

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