1 Corinthians 12:12
"The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all the parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ." NIV
"For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ." KJV
The physical body can only function when all its systems and their individual parts are working properly according to their function and working together to function as a whole. It is exactly the same with the Church, the body of Christ. All of the groups of churches and the individual Christians who are a part of them use the faith and ability given to them, and they work in unity, functioning as one, united by the head, which is Christ.
Heavenly Father, please help us to understand the importance of giving all our energies and abilities to complete the functioning of your Church. Give us hearts of fellowship and true love so that the Church will complete its mission here on earth. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D.