If we are the body…

1Corinthians 12:27

All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.
(are you doing your part?)

There’s a song that Casting Crowns sings called, “We Are the Body” that really speaks to me. I have often wondered why more Christians are not better at reaching out. Especially when there are homeless people out holding signs asking for help. I know from personal experience that there are many homeless people with some kind of addiction. But who are we to tell them how to spend the money that we may give them? If God told me to give a homeless person $5 or even just $1, is it my place to say, “but God… he may buy a beer.” It’s not our business how they spend that money. It’s not the money that you are really giving… it’s the love of Jesus you are showing. Besides that… there are other things you can give besides money. Give a gift card for a fast food place… or carry little packs of cheese and crackers… I know in the wetter regions that socks are always received with great joy.

Here are the lyrics to the song. You can hear it on Youtube by searching for Casting Crowns.

“If We Are The Body”

It’s crowded in worship today
As she slips in trying to fade into the faces
The girl’s teasing laughter is carrying farther than they know
Farther than they know

But if we are the body
Why aren’t His arms reaching?
Why aren’t His hands healing?
Why aren’t His words teaching?
And if we are the body
Why aren’t His feet going?
Why is His love not showing them there is a way?
There is a way

A traveler is far away from home
He sheds his coat and quietly sinks into the back row
The weight of their judgemental glances
Tells him that his chances are better out on the road

Jesus payed much too high a price
For us to pick and choose who should come
And we are the body of Christ

Jesus is the way


17 thoughts on “If we are the body…

  1. terry1954 says:

    i understand what you are saying, but i have this issue with friends and family also, they will buy cigarettes or non needed things with the money that is also not to run out of my hands like water

    • I don’t know, maybe I’m wrong but I think family is different. Your more likely to give to them because they are family not so much because the Lord tells you to. I think you should have a right to know what they will spend thier money on if you’re the helping them out. Correct me if I’m wrong.

      • terry1954 says:

        you are right Grace. I would rather be told the truth though, instead of a lie, making me feel used. maybe i am the one who is wrong? because it is family?

      • irishsignora says:

        I agree with you about family. Can’t quote a Scripture on it, but I do have the same opinion.

      • Planting Potatoes says:

        love the song and the post…. I have struggled with the same thoughts on this subject over the years….and God has shown me that true charity means we have no right to even ask what they will use the money for…that is between them and God…1) we will be judged for not giving charity, 2) they will be judged for not using his blessings wisely……

  2. Joy says:

    Love this song! Thank you for sharing!

  3. evanlaar1922 says:

    yes, I am part of the body and I need the body too

  4. Vince Chough says:

    I love this song.

  5. tljax says:

    Great ideas! I figure that, even if one would use my gift to support their addiction, many addicts would otherwise harm another with criminal activity without it.. So, my selfless act of charity is credited to me by God AND may help prevent crime.

  6. I don’t come across homeless people, but a while ago the Lord gave me an insight to the number of lonely people around. He opens my eyes to a lonely woman sitting on a bench at the Shopping Centre, looking as if the whole world is on her shoulders. Nearly every week I see a different woman, sit beside her, start a conversation and usually invite her for a coffee at a nearby Coffee Club. She is so thankful for a listening ear. I leave her with a pocket (Gideon) New testament with Psalms and Proverbs, which has helps in the front with verses for “If you are worried” etc and also has a plan of salvation in the back.

    If I was trying to help a homeless person or an alcoholic etc I would probably keep a few food coupons or grocery gift cards, rather than giving money.

  7. thinspaces says:

    I agree with what you are saying, but our human-ness just gets in the way sometimes. It’s so easy to judge instead of love. Although I really like the idea about socks. I love socks too. It never occurred to me that a homeless person would enjoy a new pair just as much.

    • Yes, usually they appreaciate them even more than I would. I can wash my socks. Often they have to wear theirs until they stand on their own or get holes. 🙂
      New socks feel so awesome on sore tired feet.

  8. jchenwa says:

    I have a heart for homeless people, as I was close, very close. Homeless people need a home. They need a lot of help. They are not asking you for a lot. But even giving $20 is not a lot in my thinking, b/c they really are in a very, very bad situation. If we spend even 5 minutes putting ourselves into their shoes, we would understand their needs.

  9. irishsignora says:

    Sometimes, it’s even a question of asking the Lord to open our eyes to those members of His body who aren’t photogenic 🙂 Thanks for the post and the reminder.

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