‘Bind us together with cords that cannot be broken, Bind us together Lord… Bind us together in Love’. Is the song we sometimes sing at church to end the service.
I was meditating and reading 1 Corinthians 12 when I began to understand that we as a church are made up of people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and nations brought under one banner, the banner of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The Bible says in Galatians 3:28 that “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
As one body we need to be in sync with each other. We cannot change the world with each person pulling in different directions. Just like a rowing team, we need to push in one direction and that’s the direction that the Holy Spirit is leading us to. My favourite passage from 1 Corinthians 12:12-26, tells how Paul uses the human body as an example of Christians being a whole body in Christ. The body is made up of many systems each has a different assignment just like the body of Christ.
Every single believer in this entire planet is important to the body of Christ, whether that person is in China, the Antarctic, England or Australia. Each person has a role in the body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:21 reminds us that we all need each other. The eye cannot tell the hand it has no need of it neither can the leg tell the ankle it does not need it.
God wants us to have the same care for each other – respect, honour and love the body parts he has made us. Perhaps you’re thinking but all I do in my church is small how can it affect the whole body of Christ, please trust me it is vital. We as believers need to walk in the wisdom of this passage. Continue doing God’s work with all your heart.
In Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary concludes that ‘members of the body should be closely united by the strongest bonds of love. All Christians are dependant one upon another each is to expect and receive help from the rest. Let us then have more of the spirit of Union’.
We are privileged to serve God in this time of history. However if we are not bonded together in love in unity, we cannot be effective, we cannot transform our world. We must put aside our differences and work together as a team.
‘All for one and one for all.’ (Quote from The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas).