If One Member Suffers, All Suffer Together
This past Tuesday I had major two hour knee surgery. On my way home from the hospital I felt great! As a matter of fact so great that I was thinking I'd be up and running within a few days. I slept well the first night and got up ready to take on the world. It was in the afternoon the day after that my knee started to swell up like a balloon and the pain started to settle in. WOW! That's all I can say. I was not prepared for the pain levels I'm experiencing. One knee has pretty much shut me down. I live on the couch with ice, my bible, computer and a few books. Trips to the bathroom are painful with every step. There doesn't seem to be a comfortable way to have my leg... no matter how I position it, it hurts all the time.
As I've sat on the couch for the past few days I've been thinking a lot about how one member of my body can seriously affect the rest of me. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12 that it's the same with the body of Christ. "If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together."
Meditating on this passage has had me asking myself questions about how I'm connected to others in my local church, Christ's body.
1. Am I connected to others in my local church where i could say I know and feel their suffering or know of those being honored?
Every part of me knows my knee hurts right now. Why? because of every part of me is connected to my knee and feeling the affects of the pain.
2. If I am aware of the suffering or honoring what am I doing about it?
Life is all about my knee right now because it's suffering therefore the rest of me is shut down. Life is all about staying on top of all the instructions from the doc, ice, ice, ice, pills regularly etc, etc...
Do you feel the pain of your brother or sister your in community with? Are you rejoicing with those being honored in a way that says I'm connected therefore it's as if I'm hurting or being honored?
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12:12-14 "For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body - Jews or Greeks, slave or free - and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many."
Who are you connected with in the body of Christ? Are you living with them in a way that says you are connected and you feel their pain when they suffer and you rejoice when they are honored?
I'm grateful for the many ways God speak to me. Thank you Lord for using this operation and the painful process of restoration to show me that I am to be connected to others in a way that says I'm part of the body of Christ.