21st September 2016

Spiritual Body-Building

“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many.”
1 Corinthians 12:12-14 (KJV)

Although body-building is not an Olympic sport, weight-lifting is, and in most sports strength and stamina are key to winning. Athletes watch their diet and train their bodies for optimum health and performance.

The Church is a type of the body of Christ, as we read in Ephesians 1:22-23 where it speaks of Jesus, “head over all things to the church, which is his body…” As Christians, we need to build up the body and strengthen it. Perhaps we can consider three ways to do ‘Spiritual body-Building’:

  1. Put God first in your life. In Ephesians 3:16 we are encouraged to ask God “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man.” Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” So “I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up…” (Acts 20:32).
  2. Use your gifts, abilities or talents to serve other people rather than trying to look good yourself. Ephesians 4:11-13 tells us that our gifts are given to us by God, “for the equipping of the saints, for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” to bring us to perfection in the “stature of the fullness of Christ.”
  3. Build each other up by edifying and encouraging, not pulling one another down. Romans 12:16 says “Be of the same mind one toward another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble.” And in Romans 14:19, “Let us therefore pursue the things which make for peace and things by which one may edify another.”

When people look at the Church, they should not see an ineffective, disfunctional body that can’t control itself and accomplish its’ work; but a strong, fit and effective set of parts working together in unity—what a body!

Prayer
Let the body of the Church grow in love and strength as we look to Christ the Head. Help us each to use our gifts, Father, for the good of all and give you the glory.
Amen
 

Study by Nancy Silcox

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About the Author: nancysilcox
Nancy Silcox attends the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK. Nancy prepares and uploads the Day by Day studies submitted by members of the Worldwide Church of God UK/Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
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