A healthy body is mutually dependent on the proper functioning of each individual part. Believers who belong to the Body of Christ, the church rely on each other to function appropriately so that the body may do its work and stay healthy. We are responsible for each other. Otherwise, the whole body suffers.
A woman was getting ready for church when her son said, "I'm not feeling well".
"You just don't want to go to church," said the woman. "Now get ready as quickly as possible."
Part way through the service, she noticed that he was groaning. "What's wrong?" she asked.
"I think I'm going to throw up," he replied.
"Well don't do it here. Go outside." The boy stood up and ran for the back door. He was back within a few seconds.
"So, you didn't throw up, after all?" said the woman.
He replied, "Oh yes, but I didn't have to go outside. When I got to the back, there was a box there with a label on it saying, 'For the Sick.'"
When one part of the body of Christ is sick, it can get messy. When some members are not feeling well about things, the whole body feels the impact. Our church family has suffered because of the problems and pain our nation is now suffering. People are hindered from doing what they normally do and want to do. Businesses are suffering. Schools are uncertain about what lies ahead. Everybody has a dread of getting COVID. Families are stressed by politics and divided agendas. I cannot remember a more uneasy time where feelings and fellowship have been under more constant pressure. Remember: the whole church suffers when the parts of our body suffer.
When I get sick at home, Robbie does everything she can to take care of me until I am feeling better. When I tested positive for COVID, she left my meals at the top of the stairs so I could eat regularly. She called me from upstairs on the phone to make sure I was taking my meds and was not getting worse. She put my clothes on the top step to keep me warm and comfy. With Robbie taking care of me from the upstairs, I was able to ward off the impact of severe sickness downstairs. Praise God for the therapy and care we get from upstairs.
Jesus knows our church is feeling the strain and discomfort of the present crises. He is with us, tending to our needs from His upstairs advantage. Jesus is the great physician. He made it His business to heal many diseases and cleanse many who were demon possessed. Jesus calmed the storms. He raised up the dead. Jesus knows exactly what we need and how to make our body well.
Our church family is safely and securely held in the hands of our caring and loving Savior. Let’s pray for each other. Let’s stay with each other during these difficult days. Let’s learn how to suffer together, pray together and get well together.