What does it take for a body to be healthy? There’s plenty of things necessary to take care of one’s body: healthy food, exercise, and good life choices.
So then what does it take for the body of Christ, the church, to be healthy?
God makes it clear in his Word, that the church is to act just like a body “[The Church] will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work” (Eph. 4:15-16, NIV).
A human body, if not given the correct nutrition and times to exert itself, it will grow sickly and weak.
In the same way, the body of Christ needs proper nutrition (the Word of God and fellowship with others) and times to exercise (ministry and service opportunities) in order to grow as a body in general health and sometimes in size.
God has given each person a working body to better understand how exactly the body of Jesus Christ should function too.
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