One Body, Many Parts ( I Cor. 12:12-31)just some parts are hairier than others
WAISTLINE.. Your Body is a TEMPLE , not waste (or waist) DUMP.A diet of Spiritual MILK is a good place to start. Treats are good, but stay away from the Baptist Bakers Dozen DONUTS. The final word of perspective was shared to me by a Baptist preacher. SKINNY Baptist Preacher is an oxymoron.
HAIRLINE FAITH..Hair today and gone tomorrow. While I am not sure there is anything spiritual about hair or the lack of it.. BUT.. the Bible has plenty of verses covering the topic like a wooly mammoth. For Men: We have bad COMB OVERS, Bad TOUPEES, and those with UNIBROWS, NOSE HAIRS, EAR LOBE SPROUTS leaving us look like an unkept lawn.
We have scriptures directives for LONG HAIRED HIPPY FREAKS.. as well as the CHROME DOMED believers who both should abide by the LEVITICUS BARBERSHOP guidelines... and the festive God rest ye HAIRY GENTLEMEN.For da Ladies: I find haircolor is just another area of thin ice where men are again left unsafe.
EYES.. When talking about the church body, I think the eyes offer the most literal and figurative spiritual lessons than any other body part. In the Old Testament we have Isaac's Blind Blessing that went to Jacob.. BUT.. it could have been much worse if the family dog wandered in at that fateful moment. In the Gospels there is the healing of blind Bartemaus resulting in his faithful dog Shep feeling useless.
Jesus did taunt the pharisees who did not like the fact that Jesus heals the Blind without a 'temple-union' card. He taught us those with BEAMS in their eyes to not give eye care advice to those with specs, and remember to go FIGURATIVE with any needed EYE PLUCKING for those who have an eye or two causing you to sin.
In the book of Acts where Saul is BLINDED literally by the first Damascus road traffic light (aka Jesus). He remained blind until his sight is restored by God from his SSCRC (sudden scale covered retina condition). Ok, and I do need to back up and mention, Solomon adored beautiful eyes .. and if I recall from Song of Solomon.. EVERYTHING ELSE. He could not help but notice something betwitching about ladies with 'catipillar' eyebrows.----->
Of course way beyond the Bible blindness, there are all the eyesight analogies through out the scriptures. Especially in the New Testament and particularly the Gospels.
Beware of getting a (SPECK or BEAM) in your eye.. and know the difference... If you don't know then ask the SPEC Patrol who will be so glad to help out... and finally I draw comfort from the eye sight truth that what I see dimly now as through my Dirty Bi-Focals I will someday see clearly.
If the church body is made up of many parts.. then I have noticed a few ZITS. Even in the Old Testament God provided Rules for Zit management.. and then it goes without saying
Don't POP ZITS!
EARS, LET THE HEAR..He who has ears let him hear.. Be doers of the word and not hearers only... are both great truths for believers. Common sense stuff, but we all know as believers we are just like kids who hear, but are full of excuses often for not being doers. <pause>.. WHAT?
Here in the BP most of my hearing analogies have to do with senior citizens and important words misunderstood.. Was it consecrated people or Constipated People? WHAT? Was it a Pleasant Smell, or SMELT? WHAT? .. and finally a Sermon Ear-Aid toon with those seniors in mind.
TEETH..- With everybody you have teeth.. Solomon offers the scriptures that recognizes the importance of Really nice CHOPPERS .. which I contrast here with Red Neck Teeth , and beautiful teeth in the works by the wonder of Orthodontia .. even in Transylvania!
So in summary.. ONE BODY.. MANY PARTS..this is the Church of God. The hand and foot and every other part are needed and valued. May God find the church body working together for the success of the body as a whole and not find the body in turmoil of envy.RRRRRRrrrrrr..