Suffer Together, Rejoice Together – 1 Corinthians 12
By Kendra Roberts
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. (1 Corinthians 12:12-26, ESV)
Kendra’s thoughts on her art and 1 Corinthians 12 follow:
The call to UNITY is strong in this passage. It transcends any division we have ever placed between us and other Christ followers. We have all been reconciled to God the same way—-through Jesus—-and we are His body. The weak parts are indispensable and every part has a purpose. No one is left out…even if they try (I mean just look at the foot trying to say it doesn’t belong!). If we weren’t inclined to comprehend this illustration of belonging together, at the end of this section Paul declares, “And I will show you a still more excellent way.” What is this way? LOVE…the very nature of who God is and how we remain in Him.
Kendra Roberts is a creative type—whether pursuing the arts or simply trying to convince her three-year-old daughter to eat more veggies. Born in Indiana, raised in Ohio, she now resides in the (dry) heat of the Arizona desert. When she and her husband moved to Arizona from Ohio in 2008, they packed only what would fit into their small sedan, making sure to save space for a nifty 1960’s green plastic elephant planter. Kendra holds a B.A. in History from Miami University. Recently she became an RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) through Yahweh Yoga, a Christian yoga studio in Chandler, Arizona. It is her wholehearted desire to follow Christ wherever he leads—she stopped believing in coincidence a long time ago. Kendra’s blog: BittyBlueberry.blogspot.com Kendra’s art: EpistemologyOfLove.com.