One Body With Many Members

 

1. There’s one body! There’s one body!
Though one, each member’s function varies.
God has given you a place,
Which none other can replace,
In the place God’s given you, do not be weary!

Chorus:
In the Body! In the Body!
God has placed the members each in His Body

2. You are vital! You are vital!
Your place within His Body, vital!
Do not vie to be an “eye”,
Or feel woe if you’re a “toe”
Be contented where He’s placed you in His body!

3. You are needed! You are needed!
Dear saints, each member’s portion’s needed.
If you hold your portion back,
In His body what a lack!
The attack from Satan makes you feel not needed!

4. Just supply life! Just supply life!
To each and every member, giving life!
By the grace that’s given you,
Keep the body as your view.
All the members will be graced by giving life!

5. Oh how joyful! Oh how joyful!
To care for other members, joyful!
May your joy in Him be full,
Your outflow so bountiful!
Members all in one accord, our labor joyful!

6. Build the body! Build the body!
Flow out His life to others freely!
All His members be our view,
We’d care for them, Lord, in You.
Members functioning in life will build the Body!

Author: Judy Godshall, Bob Brenneman
Composer: Bob Brenneman

1 Cor. 12:12-27 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body — whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free — and have all been made to drink into[a] one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. And if they were all one member, where would the body be? But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.

Background: When I was reading these verses, I thought of a sister who did not think that her portion of Christ was very much. This was written with her in my view, for though she did not think that she was a “necessary” member, Christ did, and so did I!