“But now are they many members, yet but one body.” – 1 Corinthians 12:20
We have all heard the expression that no man is an island unto himself. Everyone needs help. The Bible is clear about this principle that two or better then one, because they can get more done for the kingdom, and a threefold cord is not easily broken. There is strength and accountability in the body and family of Christ.
Now that body is not a building but the members of God’s great congregation. The sheepfold is bigger then our small picture of it. Our preacher and congregation have their place in it rather they realize it or not for Paul tells us that a foot is still a foot even if it thinks that it’s not.
Further more, we have a part to play in praying for the greater body even if we are rejected by it, like Paul did from prison. He was despised and rejected by most, saying that only one or two still stood with him. Yet did he still intercede for them as the Apostle who had planted them. He was still a part of the body even if they didn’t think he was and he still had a roll to play as such. If you say to the eye that it is not the eye, does that make it not they eye?
We see this same mind in Christ who was despised and rejected even though He was chosen of God to be the head of all of it. Yet He still interceded for the whole of it and gave His life a ransom for those who rejected and abandoned Him. In His hour of greatest service, no man stood with Him. Even His disciples all fled and left Him. Yet still did He fight for them. Though he seemed to stand alone in that moment, like Paul in His prison, was he still a part of the body and he stood in His role in it.
These men loved and fought for those who had tried to separate themselves from them, those who had rejected and abandoned them. Those who had slandered and hated them. They sacrificed, suffered, loved, and interceded for them. Because the hand is still the hand and if it ceases to preform its function then is it dead and has become a hindrance and a serious problem to the body and is in danger of amputation. But the good news is this, that we serve a God of resurrection! So that that dead member does not need to stay that way. What does hinder you from being raised?! Simply ask, believe, receive, be revived, come alive, and step back into your function in the body of Christ. Your true function. The one that He (as the head) assigned to you. Not the one you wanted to do (because everyone wants to pick their part), but the one that the Lord equipped you for.
“And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.” – 1 Corinthians 12:21-25