1 Cor. 12:12 For as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body-so also is Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body-whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free-and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. 14 So the body is not one part but many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I’m not a hand, I don’t belong to the body,” in spite of this it still belongs to the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I’m not an eye, I don’t belong to the body,” in spite of this it still belongs to the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole [body] were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But now God has placed each one of the parts in one body just as He wanted. 19 And if they were all the same part, where would the body be?
20 Now there are many parts, yet one body.
21 So the eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” Or again, the head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 But even more, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 And those parts of the body that we think to be less honorable, we clothe these with greater honor, and our unpresentable parts have a better presentation. 24 But our presentable parts have no need [of clothing]. Instead, God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the less honorable,25 so that there would be no division in the body, but that the members would have the same concern for each other.
26 So if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
The Word of God is truth, and these passages are truth. Once a person is saved from eternity in hell and decides to be a follower of Jesus, no longer is he expected to “go it alone”, but the body of Christ, the many members of the body of Christ, come alongside in his/her own way. An eye. A hand. Some ears.
Furthermore, that person is now added to the body, not just to be a consumer – but to do his/her part to fulfill the body’s purpose as a whole. Each person brings an integral piece to the supernatural puzzle God has brought together. ‘
The body is broken. The body is hurting. Too many are “going it alone” without thought or care for the body and in turn are not only harming themselves, but the body as a whole. This applies to the church as a whole, but also to many individual churches as well. It’s time to step up – bring to the table what God has blessed you with; gifts/abilities, financial (tithe/offering), wisdom, time, heart. The time is now. Don’t hold back. Like they say in sports, “Give All or Go Home.” That’s where we’re at as Christians. It’s time to GIVE ALL. Will you join us?