saturday, may 18

sharing god’s hope: Christ’s body

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. [1 Corinthians 12:27]

Genesis paints a picture of God’s intention for creation: humans living in shame-free community with each other, caring for the plants and animals around them, enjoying the intimate presence of their Creator. Jesus knew full restoration would not come during his time on Earth, but that didn’t stop him from healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, and raising the dead. He did these things to point to our future hope. And now, as Christ’s body, the Church is called to do the same.

Jesus said to his disciples, “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you” [John 15:15]. We know the business of our master, and His business is redemption, healing, and restoration. Which means it’s our business, too. We don’t engage in things like compassion ministry, social justice, and environmental care because we think we can repair all of the brokenness of this world. We do it to point to our future hope. We do it in anticipation of Christ’s return and the ushering in of a new heavens and a new earth, where God’s authority reigns over all.

Come, Lord Jesus, come.

PRAYER: We wait in hope for You, LORD. You are our help and our shield. In You our hearts rejoice, for we trust in Your holy name. May Your unfailing love be with us, LORD, even as we put our hope in You. [Psalm 33:20-22]

Lacey Sharpe