What Joints Supply

On many occasions Scripture uses the illustration of the human body to demonstrate how the Church should function in processing its need.

 The Body of Christ must not dispise its need, but find the spiritual supply of grace that will meet every challenge.

 As part of that Body, we must connect and build relational accountability, while we experience the grace of God together. The Apostle Paul reminds us that no part of the Body is more important than any of the other parts (1 Cor 12:12-26).

 Each part of the Body has a function… “a role” that must be carried out and relied upon for the strength of that Body. Though some roles seem to have more significance than others, God has given each individual a role and when one part is lacking it harms the whole. This is why when one member suffers, all suffer and when one part is honored, all are honored.

 So Paul encourages us as needy people to connect to His flow of grace and power that becomes the Body’s supply line… the strength comes through mutually sharing in God’s grace. His point is that the whole Body is like the human body…

 ”joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the Body for the edifying of itself in love” (Eph 4:16).

 Edifying means, building itself up in strength and purpose. The growth and development of the Body hinges on what every joint supplies. The joints are the grace filled relationships that offer love and compassion. In the same way that a single joint would hold two bones in proper position for effective movement, so also the relationships between Christian brothers and sisters offer grace that supplies mobility and health to the Body. It is not just the big muscles working individually that make for strength and growth, but it is every single joint working in unity with the bigger muscles.

It is every part, every person, every joint doing its share. Experiencing grace supplies the need (Phil 4:19).

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