What is the Body of Christ (Part 3)

Today, we finish our study of the fruits of the body of Christ.  Please make sure to read Part 1 and Part 2 where we looked at the first ten fruits that are evident in the functioning body of Christ.

The body of Christ is…

  • MOTIVATING (“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,” – Hebrews 10:24)  I have gone through many stages of maturity of faith in my years as a Christian, and one of the key factors that has led me to where I am today is the motivation I’ve received from others.   I have had brothers and sisters in Christ stir me to grow in my knowledge of God.  I’ve had people who’ve encouraged me to write and preach more and told me how beneficial my work was for the Lord.  Christians should be in the business of motivating one another to work for God.
  • PRAYING (“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.– James 5:16)  I’ll be the first to admit that my prayer life has some room for improvement.  I imagine most of us feel the same way about our ability to pray consistently.  We don’t give the power of prayer the respect it deserves, but God teaches that a righteous man’s prayers have the ability to affect great change in our lives.  The body of Christ should be known for its desire to turn to God in prayer for our every need.
  • TEACHING (“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” – Colossians 3:16)  This fruit in the active body of Christ is near and dear to my heart.  As an educator for the past 12 years, I see the effect that good teaching has on the minds of the children in my care.  It is the same for Christians as well.  While many people would shy away from opportunities to teach, it is a sign of spiritual maturity when God’s word so richly dwells within us that we can passionately and coherently pass along that message to others.  I believe God calls all members of the body of Christ to be working towards teaching others about Him and his saving grace.
  • WEEPING/ REJOICING (“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” – Romans 12:15)  Let’s just get right to the point.  Life sure has its ups and downs doesn’t it?  One day we’re on cloud nine, and the next we’re walking in the valley of the shadow of death.  What better way to walk through life’s victories and defeats than to have others along for the ride.  As the body of Christ, we should be that shoulder to cry on when times are tough, and we should cheer one another on when times are good.
  • RESTORING (“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:1-2)  I don’t know a single Christian who hasn’t been challenged by the lies of Satan.  Sometimes, we’re strong and persevere through the temptations that we face.  Other times, we stumble and succumb to our sinful nature and the challenges that the Devil presents.  We must gently help one another to pursue righteousness and pick up the faltering Christian who falls into sin.  If not, we may be led away by the Great Deceiver and lose our opportunity of an everlasting life with Jesus in Heaven.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed and been challenged during our study of the body of Christ and how we can reflect Jesus in our daily walk with him.  Make the effort to put these things into practice and encourage other Christians to do the same.  It can only help in growing the church in our lifetime and honoring God in the process.

The body of Christ is…

  1. Caring
  2. Loving
  3. Accepting
  4. Giving
  5. Serving
  6. Instructing
  7. Forgiving
  8. Encouraging
  9. Honoring
  10. Comforting
  11. Motivating
  12. Praying
  13. Teaching
  14. Weeping/ Rejoicing
  15. Restoring

-Joe

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