Neither Building Nor Name

4 For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another (Romans 12).

Whenever we say we are members of a certain church, what we are saying is: we are members of a group of fellow believers. But so often we exchange that name for the church—for the church itself.  We have all heard that the building is not the church—what we also need to be reminded of, is the name of the church is not the church either. We are no more members in a building, than we are members under a name. No, we are members of a group.

Every time we speak the name of the church to which we belong, we should be thinking of the people of it. That is to say, names and faces should come to mind—not columns and steeples, and not letterheads and logos either. The church is a body, and that body is “one body in Christ.” The church is a group of people, and those people are “members one of another.”

Lord, we thank you for being members of the Body of Christ, for in the end that is all that matters. Help each of us This Day to perform our individual functions in His Body. Amen.