Body of Christ

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15 If the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body.

24 … But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.

(1 Corinthians 12:12-15, 24-25, NIV)
It may not surprise you to hear me say, “The church is the body of Christ.” But when the apostle Paul first said that, people were amazed, startled, and shocked! Never before had anyone conceived of being such an intimate part of someone else’s body. But that is what Jesus invites us to be with Him.

The Bible doesn’t speak of us as members of Christ’s church, but as members, or parts, of His body. Christ didn’t die to invite us to be part of a church. He died to invite us to Himself. We do not need more church buildings to house Christians in; we need more Christians to be part of the body of Christ. We need more believers who are Jesus’ hands and feet, serving in the church and outside the church.