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Experiencing One Body

Several months ago, I was watching the local news and they had a story about a woman who had died but she had donated her organs. They talked to the people who received these organs, and it was all touching but not the whole story.

The two ladies who each received one of the first woman’s kidneys happened to meet in the waiting room. They began to talk. Both being in the same position as well as sharing a connection through the woman’s kidneys, they became good friends, expressing such gratitude not only for the second chance at life but that they had found each other.

How incredible is that? Understanding someone else’s sacrifice and connecting on that basis can lead to genuinely expressed love and relationship.

I happened to think, if this is true for these ladies why can’t it be true for the body of Christ? For so many of us, we wouldn’t know each other if it weren’t for the connection to Jesus’ sacrifice and His gift of life. Still, too often we fixate on differences, opinions, assumptions, or whatever else.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. –Colossians 3:15

You notice the Apostle Paul wrote in this letter, “let the peace of Christ rule…” That means it’s available, but we have to make a conscious decision to experience it. Verse 14 immediately preceding this tells us to “put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.”

You and I have been called to one body, but we can choose to be agents of disruption or division instead of peace and unity. Putting on love is first and essential, but the second part is also in verse 15.

Be thankful.

When you come back to the realization that you had no life and have no life apart from Jesus (John 15), it’s much easier to choose love and be thankful.

You didn’t choose your family and there may be people in Christ’s body with which you serve that you “don’t get.” When you experience the love of Jesus for them as it flows through you, your perspective changes dramatically. There’s a bond that results in thanksgiving to God.

It’s not enough to mentally agree to it; you have to experience it.

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  –Colossians 3:16

Love leads to thankfulness which enables us to see Christ’s word dwell richly in us. From there, we gain wisdom to teach and admonish as we release our hearts through various expressions, circling us again to thankfulness.

I want to live with that awareness, experiencing the living connection of the body. I hope you do as well.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you ever have trouble connecting with Christ’s body (or its members)? What do you do?

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