God created the human body with an amazing set of systems that allows us to function here on earth: a skeletal system enables us to walk; a digestive system to digest food and remove waste; a blood system to carry nutrition all over the body; a nerve system to deliver messages from the brain; a reproductive system to duplicate life; breathing system to take in oxygen and take out carbon dioxide. These are just some of the vital functions God has built into our bodies. No wonder the Apostle Paul used the analogy of the human body to explain the Body of Christ, the church. In 1 Corinthians CH. 12 he writes, “The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body, so it is within the body of Christ… God has put each part just where he wants it.” Paul then stresses that God gives each of us the precise ability He wants us to have. He positions us where He wants us to be. Knowing this should reduce pride, jealousy, and friction among God’s people. But knowing our tendency to be envious or jealous, the apostle urges us to exercise our spiritual gift with love. Love is not self-seeking but looks out for the best interest of others.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.) Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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