“Forming One Body” (Romans 12: 5, NEB) by Carley Evans


“All of us, united with Christ, form one body, serving individually as limbs and organs to one another.”

I look at Facebook and see the Body of Christ, the Church — at least, the Facebook I know is the Church. We, all of us, are “united with Christ” and so “form one body”; but we are individuals. Each of us is unique with special gifts given to us by the Holy Spirit. With our gifts, we serve one another.

“The gifts we possess differ as they are allotted to us by God’s grace. and must be exercised accordingly: the gift of inspired utterance, for example, in proportion to a man’s faith.” (Romans 12: 6 – 7)

We use our gifts to the benefit of our brothers and sisters in Christ as well as for the benefit of the world in need. For we are commanded to “call down blessings on [our] persecutors — blessings, not curses.” (Romans 12: 14) We are to serve the Lord and one another “with unflagging energy, in ardour of spirit.” (Romans 12: 11) We are to “care as much about each other as about [ourselves].” (Romans 12: 16)

Each of us is special, but no one should “be conceited or think too highly of [himself].” Instead, each should “think [his] way to a sober estimate based on the measure of faith that God deals to each of [us].” (Romans 12: 3 – 4)