“We cannot do until we are.”- Chuck Colson
Doing and being are not the same thing, especially when it comes to the body of Christ. In The Body, Chuck Colson and Ellen Vaughn share some insights on the state of the church as well as the calling of the church with support from the Scriptures and worldwide headlines. This book and other similar works by George Barna and other Christian leaders shed light on how we are called to act and told to do as the church.
Imagine being among the believers at Ephesus as the scroll from Paul was unrolled and read for their edification. One body. . . one faith. . . one Lord. . . one baptism. . .You had already heard the passages about being saved by grace through faith as a gift of God. How do you interpret Paul’s words? Imagine that you’re hearing right along with others who may have known Paul in a more personal manner or who might have heard Paul preach and reason from the Scriptures. You truly would need to depend on each it other to make meaning of the words of the apostle and let them come to life.
As the body of Christ, we are to depend on each other as we collectively depend on the Lord. We have a faith that unites and holds us together. We are under the umbrella of His shed blood for us. We just cannot go it alone in Christ.
We need to be the body to do as the body. Just like Colson wrote, we have be who we are called to be so that we can do as we have been called to do.