There certainly have been a lot of advances in different areas of study in the last several hundred years. One area that comes to mind for me is the area of medicine and the study of the human body. For example, it was only until about 125 years ago that a practice called bloodletting finally ended that was often used to help treat people of serious illnesses. As the name suggests, the procedure literally involved draining the blood out of sick individuals with the belief that letting the “bad blood” out would somehow cure the individual.
Obviously the study of the human body has led to much more advances in medical knowledge and procedures. For example, we now know that there are 206 bones and, get this, over 7 trillion nerves in the average human body. We now have a good idea how various systems in our bodies function, in a way quite frankly that only God could design. We read in 1 Corinthians 12 a rather familiar passage to most of us about the parallels between the church and the human body. We are reminded in verse 14 that, “For the body is not one member, but many.” He then goes on to point out that, just as each member of the human body has a place and role, so too does each member of a local church have a role they too need to fulfill. Some roles are pretty prominent, such as a deacon to Sunday School teacher, while others may not be as obvious, such as nursery work or making meals for sick members in the church, but each and every member is important as they use the gifts that God has given them.
He then writes in verse 26, “And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.” I love how this verse indicates the unity that should take place in a local church. “When one member suffers………” Have you ever had a tiny splinter in your hand that literally took away any thought of anything else? Or how about when stubbed your little toe on the side of the couch? Certainly in those wonderful instances, all of our members were certainly suffering with that bruised toe. Our church should function in much the same way. Is someone dealing with serious health issues? Then we should be going through that together with that brother or sister in the church. On the other hand, has someone who has been unemployed for 6 months finally able to get a job? Then we should all be rejoicing! May this mindset be the testimony of Anthony Baptist Church.