Isaiah 25,26,27,28; Hebrews 13
“Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.” (Hebrews 13:3)
It’s easy to get caught up in our own life — what’s happening to “me,” to my life, my finances, my future … and all my time is taken up with … me! But, here, the writer reminds me to take some of the “me” time and invest it in “others” time … especially prioritizing those who are ill-treated or Christians suffering discrimination. I cannot forget that they are the same body as I.
I often feel like I am in a body with nerve damage. I cannot feel the hurts of others as well as I should. Without nerves that tie us together, communication is broken — not just the communication for tasks to be done, but for hurts to be felt, for joys to be shared and for help to be given. Instead of my faith being something to serve me and get “me” ahead, it must be more than that. My faith must maintain the nervous system that ties us all together. For example, there’s so much potential in a foot, a leg, an arm, but with damaged nerves, they hang limp.
What can we liken the nervous system too? It’s like a communication system that connects each part to the head and to one another. It senses pressure, evaluates it, and responds accordingly. If pressure is necessary (such as the pressure caused by the lifting of a load), it allows it. But it also knows thresholds such as when the pressure is straining the back muscles — and it signals a shut down before damage happens. But it is a two-way street. The back’s muscles also give off accurate signals so the head can determine if it is true or whether it is abnormal. The nerves make it all the way to the extremities — it tells a part of the body when to move and when to rest (like right now … my writing hand is cramping up, so it’s time to write my prayer).
Dear Father, teach me more about the Body of Christ — show me Your design for it and how I can apply this to where You’ve called me to serve. May we become all you’ve designed. When Your Church becomes what You meant her to be, she will healthy, complete, vibrant, and beautiful! You have placed so much wisdom in the Word — a lifetime wouldn’t be sufficient to plumb its depths! But, reveal enough to me in order to serve Your people well and equip them to be the Bride of Christ in all her glory!