In Christians circles, the term Body of Christ has two main but separate meanings: it may refer to Jesus words over the bread at the celebration of the Jewish feast of Passover that “This is my body” in Luke 22:19–20
“And he took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the cup after supper, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.”
or it may refer to all individuals who are “in Christ” 1 Corinthians 12:12–14
“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many”.
Yesterday I went to a dentist to check my tooth and i ended up removing one of the top molars and this was my first to be removed after my milk teeth 27 years ago. And i remember asking the dentist, ” is it painful to remove” and she gladly said “No you wont even feel it”. so i psychologically set my mind to remove and she did what they do to ensure you don’t feel the pain when removing. i however realized its not easy as how we used to remove our milk teeth, she spent like 10-15 mins literally hanging with my tooth because she could not get it our smoothly as she thought and after it came out she was really happy but also slightly hurt in her fingers by the energy she took to grab that pliers to really get my tooth out.
I was happy too and she gladly gave me some few basic pain killers to take to ensure its okay when the medicines she had given me during the wrestle with my tooth are done after 3 hours. Little did i know that i would be in such great pain after, to literally force me to cry out of a meeting i went after and guys wondering what had happened to me even after taking the said pain killers.
My night was a hell, i could not imagine that even after treating the tooth, i could later have such pain throughout the night that i could not find a good position to sleep till morning. in the midst of this pain, God shown me an analogy in relation to our current lives as Christian’s. I reflected on the below stories:
The Parable of the Lost Sheep is one of the parables of Jesus. It appears in the Gospels of Matthew (Matthew 18:12–14) and Luke (Luke 15:3–7). It is about a shepherd who leaves his flock of ninety-nine sheep in order to find the one which is lost.
The Parable of the Lost Coin is one of the parables of Jesus. It appears in Luke 15:8–10. In it, a woman searches for a lost coin, finds it, and rejoices. It is a member of a trilogy on redemption that Jesus tells after the Pharisees and religious leaders accuse Him of welcoming and eating with “sinners.”
The above two stories for me showed how as Christians we should feel when we loss one of us to the world, we need to feel such a pain as i felt after I removed my tooth, that i wasn’t comfortable anymore. We are losing a lot of Christians daily, including Church leaders, but are we feeling such a deep pain for those who are left in the body? a pain that will make us leave the one already in the body to go out and convince and get the one that has lost? is it a discomfort to you as a Christian or you are just comfortable like i was after the tooth was out but because i still had the medicines that dentist had injected me i could feel anything of such pain until the medicines expired.
What kind are you? the comfortable one – you are a Christian you love God and that what you care about or the Discomfort one – who always find ways and means to ensure you bring more back to the body, you go out of your way to share information, have discussions about your faith and testimonies that will inspire others to join the body.
What kind are You?