Thursday May 26, 2016
by Joan Webb
Ephesians 4:16: "From him the whole body, ...held together by every supporting ligament, ...builds itself up in love, as each part does its work."
My son often "works out" at the local fitness center. Recently while spotting a friend lifting weights, he saw the man lose control. They both heard a pop and witnessed the man's massive pectoral muscle detach. This man pushed one specific part of his body too far.
Every Christian represents a unique part of Christ's body. There are arm muscles, shoulders muscles, leg muscles and ligaments; each with particular functions. When each exercises his unique job, the entire body is able to "work out" together. Yet, when one person overworks, the entire body is in danger of dysfunction.
Some of us do our own tasks plus several other people's jobs as well. This creates unhealthy reliance on one body part to the detriment of the whole. While a few succumb to burnout, others remain under-developed.
But God has a good plan. He has designed that we work together, supporting each other, and building each other up in love. God's plan helps us avoid individual burnout, while promoting healthy interdependence.
Lord, what is my part?
May I exercise it with love and balance.
Copyright Joan C. Webb
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