The Body of Christ

Trudy Maassen Vander Haar

READ : 1 Corinthians 12:27-31
1 Corinthians 13:1

I’m always amazed at the square footage allotted to cosmetics in a department store. Twisting my way around them, I think, “Who buys all this stuff?” It shows the importance we place on our bodies which, it is true, do represent us to those we meet. It is also true that the Body of Christ represents Christ to those who encounter it. I am grateful that I belong to the Body of Christ, but what does that mean? What responsibilities do members of the Body have to each other and to Christ?

We are told (Phil. 2:5) to have the mind of Christ which is love. We often refer to the Body, the church, as a family. Healthy families experience two kinds of love: unconditional and “tough” love. We expect to be accepted and are expected to accept others. That’s the easier part. More difficult is “tough love” discipline. As an elder, I dreaded making visits to erring members. Many of us avoid confrontation for fear of being rejected. Perhaps equally difficult is accepting guidance or reproof for ourselves to believe that we are sinners who, except for God’s grace, are capable of actions we abhor in others.

As we work at making our physical bodies attractive, we need to work at making the Body of Christ attractive, not in a superficial, cosmetic way, but reflecting Christ who is both loving and just.


Lord, help each of us to be an attractive, winsome member of Christ’s Body. In His name. Amen.