Daily Dose, April 28 — My Brother’s Keeper

  But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knitted together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love. (Ephesians 4:15-16)   When I have time, I like to mountain bike. It’s something that I started doing in college, and it is still something I enjoy. It has the added benefit of being a great workout. Something I don’t enjoy -- and don’t do -- is mountain biking when I have a headache. When I have a headache, it takes all the enjoyment away from the look and feel of the trail in front of me. It’s a little bit strange if you think about it: you don’t really use your head to pump the pedals or steer the bike. My forehead doesn’t really do much to absorb the bounces from the roots, and it certainly doesn’t flick the levers to change the gears. And yet, when this one part isn’t healthy, it impacts the ability of all the other parts to enjoy the activity. When that one part isn’t working well, it impedes the ability of all the other parts. In Ephesians, we get a picture of how those of us who claim the name of Christ are to act like a body. We are all to contribute to the health of one another. We are all in this thing together! In the same way my feet and arms can’t really go on a bike ride and just leave my head behind because it’s hurting, we shouldn’t be so quick to move on ahead and away when a part of our body of faith is left behind, hurting. Notice what happens when the body IS working properly: “When each part is working properly, [the body grows] so that it builds itself in love.” I had a wonderful example of the body working properly just this morning, building itself up in love. Someone had an encounter with me over the weekend, and they reached out to me this morning. They noticed that I hadn’t seemed like myself, and they just wanted to know if I was okay and if there was anything they could do to help. To me, that felt like the body stopping to acknowledge that another part of the body was hurting. They weren’t just going to ride off and leave me, and that felt incredibly loving and encouraging. Maybe there’s someone in your life for whom you need to stop and simply ask: Are you okay? Is there anything I can do to help? -- Rev. Brad Greene