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The Church Body & Prosthetic Members
by Lloyd Ocampo
12/10/02
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The word 'prosthetic' gets its origin from the word 'prostheses' and is defined as: an artificial device to replace a missing part of the body. (Merriam Webster online dictionary)


Prosthetic members were developed for people whose bodies did not possess certain bodily members. Today, many utilize this technology to eliminate as much as possible any physical incapabilities that hinder the person from living a normal life and doing things they love to do.


This breakthrough development in medicine has contributed emmensely to the lives of people who have missing limbs. Prosthetics has helped them to run and handle things with their new hands and arms -- indeed, it has made incapable people apt to do sometimes unimaginable feats -- some of our workplace's best and productive employees are those who utilize prosthetics.


Lets face it, without prosthetics, there would be many unhappy, unfulfilled, and incomplete people today wondering what life would be like if they had not lost their limb(s).


With this said, and on a spiritual note the church is a body -- a body with many members (or bodily parts) according to 1 Corinthians 12:12. But sad to say, it is a body with many missing limbs. For in it are utilized a number of prosthetic members.


Prosthetic members in the church are those who contribute to the body but are not a part of the body. They have no spiritual accountability or sense of belonging to a living spiritual organism that was created to communicate a true and living God. Instead, they treat the church as a econdary function of their lives -- as if its a fraternity they belong to that they would rather not be in.


Their actions are insincere and what they do willingly is done because of another motive other than to give to the body which they belong to and say that they are a part of.


The church is the body of Christ. And God has given each member a measure of grace (Ephesians 4:7) to accomplish a designated task for the entire body. The body is not made up of just a head. Or for that matter a foot, or any other single member. But its made up of many members which comprise one single body. Each member cannot do without the other. Each member depends on all the others to live, survive, and grow.


Sadly, the church today comes short of being able to be called a body. Sometimes one member does everything while the others (prosthetic members) do nothing. Churches are filled with these cosmetic enhancements that we call 'faithful members.'


Can the hand deny the mouth of food? Certainly not. For in denying the mouth of food, the hand denies itself of nourishment and strength.


Yet today there are so-called members that cling to the body of Christ (the church) but contribute nothing to its growth. Can we really say that they are truly part of the body? No we cannot.


The natural body does not like pain. Notice the last time your big toe was hurt, the entire body rushed to relieve it of its pain. The leg lifted the foot and took the pressure off of the toe; the hands braced a stable fixture to help support the body's weight while the leg took pressure away from the foot; the brain searched frantically for a solution to relieve the big toe from its pain.


And when it was all said and done, the big toe was cared for and nursed back to its full health and capability.


Church on the otherhand is treated like an unwanted stepchild by the many so-called members that belong to it. Who cares if it hurts. Who cares if it is weak. Who cares if its in pain -- these are prosthetic members and their mindsets about the church.


The reason they don't respond to the church's pain, weakness, or needs is because they're not a part of the church's body. For if it were a part, it would be a natural tendency to respond to the needs of the body -- just like the body reacts when the big toe is in pain.


Prosthetic members are not a part of the body of Christ -- and since the Lord is coming back to rapture the body of Christ, prosthetic members will be left behind.


The day you accepted Jesus as your Lord, you became a part of the body of Christ. Don't let this world through Satan's deception turn you into a prosthetic member. God has given you a measure of grace for the body of Christ. Find yourself functioning as a natural bodily member does -- if you see the body in need, do your part and fulfill your calling to the church body God placed you in.


Written By: Bishop Lloyd R. Ocampo
Taken from IGF's "Renewed" Newsletter
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