Romans 12:5, “So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”
Diversity in life is a reality. As human beings, we come to life bearing the gifts ascribed to us by God. Over the course of our lives our gifts are cultivated by our parentage, environment, temperament and capacity. As we grow, we conform spiritually; as we conform to the spirit we are invited to enter the body of Christ.
Here the Apostle Paul uses the body to express the life sustaining bond that unites our lives (the life of the believer), with the life of the risen Christ.
Each part of the body has its own distinctive work to do, yet in a healthy body all the parts function harmoniously, and independently for the good of the body. The human body is being used to illustrate the corporate life of Christians.
The Apostle Paul does not say we are the body of Christ, he says, “So in Christ we who are many form one body. When we enter Christ, our gifts reach their God given culmination; the gifts come together too co-operate for the good of the whole body/people/church/family/community.
The gifts are prophesying, serving, teaching, encouraging, contributing to needs of others, generously, leadership, showing mercy (see Romans:6-10).
Lord God, we love you, we praise you, we worship and adore you. Thank you for the giving us your Son, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross, rose from the grave, and ascended to sit at your right hand in heaven. Thank you Lord Jesus, thank you for salvation. Thank you for your plan of redemption. Lord Jesus, thank you for the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Lord God, thank you for creating us in your image and likeness. Thank you for the many gifts; thank you for life in our families and communities. Lord, thank you for creating us with the tools, knowledge and wisdom to make life better for one another. Thank you for blessing us to care for and love one another. This is our prayer of thanksgiving; it is in Jesus name we pray. Amen