Supplying Others in the Body
1 Cor. 12:22 But much rather the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. (23) And those members of the body which we consider to be less honorable, these we clothe with more abundant honor; and our uncomely members come to have more abundant comeliness, (24) But our comely members have no need. But God has blended the body together, giving more abundant honor to the member that lacked, (25) That there would be no division in the body, but that the members would have the same care for one another.
If we see that the life of the Body is a matter of fellowship and mutual supply, we will realize that before the Lord we should not be one who consumes life but one who supplies life. If many members in the Body of Christ need the supply of life and few can afford to give the supply, the strength of the Body will fail. Therefore, we must pray for others. God will supply life to other members through this prayer. Thus, when the need in others arises, such supply will be forthcoming.
First Corinthians 12:26 says, “And whether one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or one member is glorified, all the members rejoice with it.” This verse does not say that when one member suffers, all the members “ought to” suffer with it, or if one member is glorified, all the members “ought to” rejoice with it. God’s Word says that when one member suffers, all the members suffer; this is a fact. When one member is glorified, all the members rejoice; this is a fact.
This is not only a matter of suffering or rejoicing; it is a matter of life. Some members can supply the Body with life, while others must receive life from the Body. We should have both aspects. We truly need the supply of life from the Body, and we should also supply life to the Body. Through fellowship we receive life from the Body, and as members we also supply life to others. When we talk of the Body, it is not a mere doctrine or teaching; the Body of Christ is an absolute fact. It is an absolute fact that God’s children are joined together as members of the Body. Therefore, we must gladly receive help from others, and we should also endeavor to help other brothers and sisters.