Think, Act, Be, Day 29- Romans 12:4-5
Each member belongs to all the others.
For Christians, membership in a church is a verb. We “member” each other the way a body takes care of its parts. In his novel Jayber Crow, author and farmer Wendell Berry illustrates how church membership works through the eyes of the fictional residents of the town of Port William. One of his characters Burley Coulter explains:
The way we are, we are members of each other. All of us. Everything. The difference ain’t in who is a member and who is not, but who knows it and who don’t. What has been here, not what ought to have been, is what I have to claim. I have to be what I’ve been, and own up to it, no secret faults. Because before long I’m to have to look the old Marster in the face, and He says, ‘Burley Coulter?’ I hope to say, ‘Yes, Sir. Such as I am, that’s me.’”
When someone comes to First Step or meets with the minister at the front, something is happening to them that’s just another step on the journey of faith. We’re membering them into the body.
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.