When I was a kid, there was a joke once about the (to me) gloriously mysterious American cowboy Lone Ranger and his faithful, native Indian sidekick Tonto. They had become surrounded by a threatening band of Indians.
Lone Ranger turns to Tonto: 'We are in deep trouble'.
Tonto replies: 'What do you mean 'we' white man?'.
A cowboy never felt so alone.
There are many lone ranger Christians in the body out there on the wide ranges of Christendom.
Corrie Ten Boom once said: 'When the Christian shuns fellowship with other Christians, the devil smiles'. I think he is even having a laugh at the joke he is playing on them.
Apostle Paul frequently mentions that the body of Messiah is made up of different parts.
Rom 12:5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
But many Christians choose to be on their own. They like their own personal relationship with their own personal Lord and Saviour and wait for a church that will meet their individual needs and will allow them to fulfill their own personal, glorious and special calling that no local church is able to cater for. They love Jesus and Jesus loves them and that is all that matters. In fact, that is what Christianity is to them. And they don't want the church to muck up that special thing they have with Jesus.
These believers have perhaps been gifted as a nose and a pair of hands with delicate fingers that are much needed in the body of Messiah. But they are content to sit at home and use their great gifts. But how does someone utilize these gifts outside the body? Pick their nose?
Or with a perfect set of teeth and strong arms that any body would like, they surf the internet for those like them, seeking the great intellectual solution to why it is so difficult to bite one's elbow (try it if you never have).
Perhaps they are the feet of the body, but have an ingrown toe nail that others keep on stepping on. Sure it is painful and believers have a knack of stepping on each others toes, but I am sure their doctor never suggested amputation of the other nine toes and foot from the body.
What if they are an eye? Can an eye see itself? Not unless it beholds itself in the mirror.
To fulfill our calling as believers we need to serve one another in love. That can only be done together in a body.
We are brothers and sisters called to serve one another in love in a body.
What a glorious body!
No, not that image we saw in the bathroom when we wake up.
Let's stop admiring it in the mirror and go out and serve our body in the local church.