Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
Fellowship (Part 26)
Church Body: His Movement
He is the Head of the body, the church.
Colossians 1:18 (NKJV)
For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body... But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, 'I have no need of you;' nor again the head to the feet, 'I have no need of you.' No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor... God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
1 Corinthians 12:13,20-26 (NKJV)
On this identity, our church agrees: We are the body of Christ: a vibrant creation of movement. Hands reach out. Feet walk forward. Eyes see wonders. Ears catch sound. Mouths speak wisely. Stomachs process fuel. Bowels eliminate waste. Skin feels everything. Joints allow flexibility. Muscles provide strength. Fingers perform work. Blood carries life. Tendons unite us. Hearts propel us. Clothing covers us. The Head, Who is Jesus, directs us.*

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Under the direction of Jesus, you are destined to move the world: To reach out, walk straight, look good, sound different, speak life, fuel goodness, reject evil, stir feeling, be flexible, lift others, work miracles, bring revival, tie together, move hearts and cover sins.

Being a successful entertainer is insufficient. Because to 'entertain' is to amuse or hold someone's attention. That's not enough. Drawing attention to Jesus is your job.**

Being a successful performer for Christ is sufficient. Because to 'perform' is to fulfill. By performing, you fulfill your duty to multiply His talents and bring Him glory.**

Being a successful performer for Christ in media is exceedingly sufficient. Because to 'stimulate' others is to rouse them to action. Since your action is Jesus, you become a missionary with a Great Commission.**

But what does our Head do with a non-cooperative body? A body with a big talk but small moves? I hesitate to consider it. So don't settle down. Instead, rise and shine.

To Be Continued...

* Every church member has a unique and valuable role in the body of Christ. I've listed only a few. As Paul said, what the world might consider 'lesser' jobs, God considers them greater. Because God loves humility. For instance, if you are a church 'kidney,' you might clean the building. If you think that's no big deal, what outsider would want to join a dirty church? If you're a church 'bowel,' you might eliminate trouble makers. You might cut out unnecessary expenses. Both jobs can save a church.

** Random House Dictionary definitions of entertain, perform and stimulate.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Fellowship series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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