Oh my goodness! Any person who has been in the military or been the spouse of a military member knows my pain!!! In fact, I would venture to guess that most emergency response people also feel my pain! Even when the military briefly changed to tan socks, there were five million shades of brown! And none of them EVER matched. You’d try. The newbies will spend hours trying. But it doesn’t take long to realize that the effort is futile. Especially when they are COMPLETELY covered up by pants and boots.
Yet, those blasted socks, and the humor behind them, brought to mind the body of Christ. Believe me, I was as shocked as you are! Socks made me think of the body of Christ?! My only answer is that God moves in mysterious ways!
Seriously, there is some logic to this chaos. Follow me for a bit. You see, as the body of Christ, we are all green. The moment we choose to become a follower of Jesus and give our lives to him, we become a green sock. We all start out the same kind of green. We are baby believers.
But, as we allow God to use us, we start to change into different shades of green. God bestows upon us different spiritual gifts, life events change us, and our journeys in faith grow us. Some may get worn and tattered because of persecution. Some may get stretched thin because of tribulation and so much spiritual growth. Others may become soft with wear because of their wisdom and edification of the church. Others are bright green because of their new faith. I’m not the best at analogies as I’m not the most creative person God made, but you get my point. The body of Christ is made up of different Christians that have different purposes, but are all part of the same body. They are all green socks.
For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
Romans 12:4-5 ESV
We are all part of the same body. We are different, but we are the same. Just like those socks. The shade of the socks doesn’t matter. What matters is that they are military issued/approved, green, and functional. The same is for us. Our different talents, gifts, opinions, ministries, cultures, etc etc, don’t matter. What matters is that we are all part of the body of Christ. What matters is that we believe in Jesus and are working to glorify him.
From whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
Ephesians 4:16 ESV
But you know what isn’t like the socks? God’s love for us. You see, when the socks get too worn out, or too discolored, we toss them out and buy new ones. God never does that with us. We never lose our specialness to him. He won’t toss us out because we mess up, or we get too old, or any other reason we can think of. He loves us. His unconditional love covers all the faults. We just need to believe in Jesus and follow him.
Do you ever feel like you are too __________ for Jesus to love you? Take some time to pray over those issues. If you have given your heart to Jesus, believe in him, repented of your sins, and have given your life to him, you are saved. Give those worries to him and let him take them away.
What gifts and talents do you have to offer the body of Christ? Are you using what God has given you in the way God wants you to use them?
Have you been judgmental of those that are in the body of Christ but are different? Ask God for forgiveness and to change your heart in that situation.
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