We all know that God isn’t a physical being. With the exception of Jesus we don’t really give much thought to the physical aspect of God. But if you begin in Genesis and read all the way to Revelation you will encounter a very physical God. A God with a physical body and that is constantly at work in a physical world.
Now before you load your argument guns, I would suggest that God can be a physical God WITHOUT being a physical being. Confused? Maybe you’re like me and can’t really see a difference between the two. But God has never really been one to follow our rules. But the purpose of this post isn’t to discuss the nature of who God is and what rules He does or does not follow. The title is “God’s Body (Pt. 1)” and that’s exactly what I want to talk about.
I wonder what would happen to the Church if we realized %100 that WE ARE GOD’S BODY. We have been designed as the Church to be the living proof of the existence of God. We are called to be His hands, feet, arms, legs, elbows, and yes, even the armpits. When people encounter us as the Church they are SUPPOSED to be encountering God. Seems like a pretty tall order doesn’t it? I mean, after all we are ONLY HUMANS, right? We are a selfish, sinful, poorly put together group of people, aren’t we?
I grew up hearing about how us “humans” could NEVER measure up to who we are supposed to be and that our very “nature” was sinful and unchangeable. But when I read our origin story, and I look at our history throughout the Old Testament and I couple that with Jesus’ teachings in the New Testament, I don’t see that. Instead, what I see is a God seeking a relationship with His children, children He created “GOOD!” The reason we don’t ever measure up isn’t because it’s in our “nature” to be “bad,” it’s because we refuse to see ourselves how God sees us. We aren’t content with the image of God that we have been created in.
Look at Adam and Eve. In Genesis 1:26-27 God plans and creates humanity in “HIS OWN IMAGE…” “…TO BE LIKE HIM.” But if you fast forward to 3:5, the thing Satan says that pushes humanity over the edge is “…your eyes will be opened and YOU WILL BE LIKE GOD.” Satan somehow managed to convince Eve that she WASN’T like God and that she wasn’t created in God’s image.
The first thing we need to understand about being a member of God’s body isn’t a list of steps to complete, or verses to memorize, or prayers to pray. The first thing we need to understand is that God CREATED us TO BE members of HIS BODY. Not selfish, not sinful, not broken, not hurting, not sick, not dying, not of this world. We were created GOOD so that we could BE GOOD, and so that when people encounter God’s Church/Body, they encounter a GOOD GOD. And if we want that to happen we have to change the way we see ourselves.
How do you see yourself? Has Satan convinced you that you are something you’re not? Have you been convinced that you are nothing more than a naturally sinful human being with no hope of ever being like Jesus? I want to encourage you to remember whose image you’ve been created in, and allow His image in you to live through you and see how it changes your life!