Continuing to think about our body - yesterday I mentioned I am on a rigid diet - unity in the body.think about three vital things dealing with the body of Christ (the Church). First, because it is Jesus' prayer (John 17:20 - 21), there should be unity in the body. He prayed that we would be one the same as He and the Father are one. That is a lot of oneness. Paul spoke about it in 1 Corinthians 12:12 - 13 (HCSB). Read what he says, "For as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body—so also is Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit."
Paul also reminds us in the writing of this chapter, that we are one - yet diverse. Each of us are gifted to be what God wants. As we use our gifts in our local church, we see the body work in a healthy way. Finally, the third point in this chapter is that of maturity. We are to use our gifts in the bonds of love. We need to remember today that the Fruit of the Spirit is more important than the Gifts of the Spirit.
So, let us ponder whether as a part of the body of Christ are we: in unity, understanding our gift, and using it in love. As we each do our part, we will see the body of Christ represented to the world as a healthy, mature group.