Theology Thursday: The Body of Christ exists at GCU

August 02, 2018 / by / 2 Comments
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Pastor Jim Miller

“But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (1 Corinthians 12:24b-26)

By Pastor Jim Miller
GCU Corporate Chaplain

Confession time: I bite my nails. I’m not sure that it’s a nervous habit or an irrational fear of clippers, but it’s just how I pass my time. Until last week when I went a little overboard and, well, let’s just say that one of my fingers was pretty sore for a few days. I know, TMI.  So for those few days, even though overall I was healthy and in pretty good shape, all I could think about was how much that one fingertip hurt.  It was constantly on my mind. Can you see where this is going?

Paul is in this passage promoting a oneness, a depth of love among those who walk with Jesus, a community so interconnected that if one person is hurting, we all feel it. He tells us that being part of the Kingdom of God means understanding that we need each other, that when you hurt, I hurt, and when you succeed, I’m happy for you. And this is as true for us here in this workplace environment as it is in the church. This is more than just a job! The Body of Christ exists here in this place.

Take a minute to look around at the people surrounding you right now. How many of them are sore fingers? How many of them need you to be Jesus to them? Don’t look away until you determine how you’re going to come alongside them and speak life into them. 

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The next all-employee Chapel starts at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, in the lecture room of Building 71. Scott Hovater, online professor in the College of Theology, will bring God’s encouragement to us.


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  1. utika malone

    Great post for the week. I told myself after hearing my pastor speak this Sunday, that I would not let those who are negative and have bad attitudes determine how I act and influence my attitude. I will be kind to those who are not kind to me, and I will smile at those who do not smile at me. Just like the post says, when one part suffers every part suffers. I refuse to suffer. I would rather us all rejoice. We never know that we could brighten someone’s day just by being kind and by simply saying hello.

    Aug.06.2018 at 7:43 pm
  2. Elly Lenton

    I really liked that passage, I also think that it is a good message about unity. A community that is so connected and bonded with each other that they mourn when others mourn, or they rejoice when others rejoice. I think it is important to lift up other people who are suffering and to figure out how to help them.

    Sep.23.2018 at 9:00 pm
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