Building up the body in love (Ephesians 4:16)

"From whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love." - Ephesians 4:16

Thinking about this verse today it occurs to me the necessity of each piece of the body. Some people get along just fine without an arm, or missing one leg, but there will always be limits on them in the same way there is on someone who has all his limbs, but some don't work properly.

I wonder how often the Church is like that. Either parts of the body decide to take off for a little while, or when we're all sticking together just fine one decides to take the day off and not be useful.

It's also to think about what role we play in the body of Christ. I have my ministry. I have my job. I have my friends and the ministry I to them. I have the several people I try to pray for everyday. I have this blog. There are a lot of functions that I, as one small limb on the greater body, can accomplish. Many of which I'm called to accomplish.

If I'm walking with the Lord then I have a little extra energy and can make up for or help out a brother who is having a hard time. It's like when your arms are really tired but you have a little extra in your legs.

But how would we look different as a body of believers if we were all walking with the Lord. If all of us had a little extra and didn't have to pick up anyone else's slack because no one was slacking?

I want to be a part of a body working together. I want to build you up in love. I need you to build me up in love. Lets do what it takes to get this body healthy, strong, in shape, and really moving. Lets build one another up through prayer, and encouragement, and gentleness and patience.

Like verses 1-3 say, "I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."

What is one thing you can do today that will help build up the body? Is there someone you can pray for? Encourage? Love? Forgive? Bless?