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If We Are the Body

Janet Borst reflects on being the arms, hands, and words of Christ and the role of a mission developer | 

I thought I might enjoy some music today as I lay down for a short nap. So, I fired up my Kindle and found a Christian music channel. The first song on the playlist was "If We Are the Body" by Casting Crowns. I was frankly a little put off by the inherent question. That word "If" bothered me, but then I heard the chorus. To paraphrase, it said if we are the body why aren't our arms reaching, hands healing, and words teaching? It struck me hard ... these are my Christian responsibilities, and I seem to be failing. I know I'm failing because I live in one of the most unchurched parts of the world. I am surrounded by "nones," people who have no religious affiliation.

What can I do? I'm getting older, and a health issue has robbed me of a lot of energy. I hope I don't turn away from the opportunities that present themselves for me to be the Body of Christ's arms, hands, and words, but I know that I'm unlikely to seek out opportunities. What can I do? I know I don't see the world as the 20 and 30-year-olds do. They don't remember black and white TVs without remotes, dial phones or walking uphill to and from school. So maybe I can't make those opportunities but someone can. And I can support that.

The "See What 'Yes' Can Do'" capital campaign is designed to support a mission developer pastor who is trained to do what I don't think I can. The mission developer will show us how to be the arms, hands, and words of Christ to bring Jesus to those unchurched people who know they are missing something and to those who don't even know that something is missing. I think this song will tell you more about that.

So here are the words to the song. I hope they strike you as they have me.

If We Are the Body
It's crowded in worship today
As she slips in
Trying to fade into the faces
The girl's teasing laughter is carrying farther than they know
Farther than they know

But if we are the body
Why aren't his arms reaching
Why aren't his hands healing
Why aren't his words teaching
And if we are the body
Why aren't his feet going
Why is his love not showing them there is a way

There is a way
A traveler is far away from home
He sheds his coat
And quietly sinks into the back row
The weight of their judgmental glances tell him that his chances
Are better out on the road

But if we are the body
Why aren't his arms reaching
Why aren't his hands healing
Why aren't his words teaching
And if we are the body
Why aren't his feet going
Why is his love not showing them there is a way

Jesus paid much too high a price
for us to pick and choose who should come
and we are the body of Christ

But if we are the body
Why aren't his arms reaching
Why aren't his hands healing
Why aren't his words teaching
And if we are the body
Why aren't his feet going
Why is his love not showing them there is a way

Jesus is the way
We are his hands
We are his feet
We are his body

Jesus is the way

Read this week's "See What 'Yes" Can Do" weekly devotion.

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