The Task of The Body of Christ

The Task of The Body of Christ

we are the body of Christ
Have you heard the story of a little child trying to fall asleep in a dark room? The child began to cry and her mother came to assure her that God was with her and she didn’t need to be afraid. But soon the child began to cry again. She told to her mother “Oh, Mommy, I want someone with skin on!”

She stated something essential to life and faith. God is real but we also need the body of Christ. Abstract ideas are not enough to sustain us. We also need to experience the love of Christ.

We need to put our love and faith in action. We need to share the good news of Christ by loving others as Christ loved us. We need to be God’s hands and feet in the world. The world is in dire need of someone with skin on to show them what real love is.

So we, numerous as we are, are one body in Christ (the Messiah) and individually we are parts one of another [mutually dependent on one another]. (Romans 12:5, AMP)

We truly are mutually dependent on one another. We do need each other. And together we need Christ. Blessedly he protects and cherishes us in many amazing ways. We are his body on this green earth.

For no man ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and carefully protects and cherishes it, as Christ does the church, Because we are members (parts) of His body. (Eph. 5:29-30, AMP)

We are members of his body. Our calling is to share God’s love with everyone we meet. Our task is to be skin to the world. What is your place to be skin to the world? How are you going to embody God’s love?


Gracious God,
Thank you for loving us so much that you sent Jesus to us.
Thank yo for calling all of us to be part of the body of Christ.
Thank you for sending us to embody your love to others.
Equip, empower, encourage us for your service.
In Jesus’ name,

Q4U: Have you experienced God’s love through the body of Christ? What is your place to be skin to the world?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you serve Christ by loving neighbors!

Image courtesy of Michael McFatridge, design Mari-Anna Stålnacke. Linking up today with Sharing His Beauty, Hear it on Sunday, use it on Monday, Playdates with God, and counting blessings with Ann Voskamp:  #1034 The Body Of Christ is called to embody God’s love.

13 thoughts on “The Task of The Body of Christ

  1. Hi Mari-Anna! I am coming to you through Sharing His Beauty.

    I have felt the love of Christ in the community. It was after my Mom died, and I was just paralyzed with grief. Planning for the funeral was getting to be overwhelming too. Then a friend of mine came to me and volunteered to provide all the food and drinks at the wake. I have seven siblings, and there were many, many grandchildren and this was a lifesaver.

    I’ll never forget that kindness. Thank you for giving me a chance to share the joy of knowing people who love the Lord.

    Great post! Nice to meet you too 🙂

    Happy Monday,

  2. I love that story, Mari-Anna. And I’ve definitely experienced the hands and feet of Christ on so many occasions, it’s beyond counting. But I’m grateful for this reminder that I can impact others with the love of Christ. I often forget that power that He gives each one of us. Very encouraging, my friend!

  3. I love that graphic, too. Really shows off your point. We do need to actively love others with the love of Jesus. I’m so thankful for real people in my life who do that for me!

  4. Nice reminder that we are all the God some people will ever see. We are His hands, feet, mouth and so on.

    We are the skin people see.

  5. Dear Mari-Anna
    I want to go as far as to say that if Jesus’ love does not flow naturally though us, then we have a big problem. We cannot be the whole body all by ourselves, but we can be available to love the people that we come in contact with every day! I recall that this is what made the first Christains stand out; their love for one another; the gift of love poured into their hearts by the Holy Spirit of Love!
    Blessings XX

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