For no one every hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cares for it, just as Christ does the church because we are members of his body.” Ephesians 5:29
In a number of places in the Bible, the church is called the Body of Christ. Think about the verse above and how you care for your own physical body.
Do you nourish it? (most of us do that only too well). What about Christ’s body? Do you nourish it by participating regularly in worship and Holy Communion?
Do you exercise your body so it will stay healthy? Maybe you walk or spend time at a gym. How about Christ’s body? Do you keep it healthy with disciplines such as studying the word of God? Do you practice good deeds in an effort to grow stronger and more mature in Christ?
What do you do to keep your body looking good? Do you buy nice clothing, use “lotions and potions”, go tanning, have your hair styled? What about God’s house? Do you contribute to its’ maintenance with your money, time and talents? Or do you just take for granted that it will always be there for you?
When your physical body develops an illness or weakness, you probably go to the doctor for advice. How about the church? If there is a problem there, do you take it to the Great Physician in prayer? Do you give it some extra tlc and attention so that the difficulty can be resolved? Or do you walk away and avoid the issue?
What about bad habits? Many of us have given up smoking, eating certain foods or drinks, etc. when we discover it is having a bad effect on our body. What about the body of Christ? Are we willing to give up “all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and all slander.”?(1 Peter 2:1)
The Church is Christ’s body and He loved it(and all its’ members, including you) enough to die for it. Do you love it at least as well as your own body? I hope I remember to do this.