On Being Members of the Body of Christ

In Romans 12, Paul tells us that true and proper worship on our part, in light of God’s mercy, is for us to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice to God, which would be holy and pleasing to God.

We are then transformed as our minds are renewed, which allows us to test and approve whether something is part of God’s good and pleasing and perfect will.

In accordance with the faith given to us by God, our body, which we offered to God, is now a member of the body of Christ.

Just as each member of our own body has a function, we too each have a purpose in the body of Christ, according to the gifts given to us by grace.

As members of the body of Christ:

We are to love and honor one another, hating what is evil, clinging to what is good.

Being joyful in times of hope, patient during moments of affliction, and faithful in offering our prayers.

We are to bless those who persecute us, rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn.

We are not to be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with goodness.