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The body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body; God raised the Lord and will also raise us by His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? But whoever is joined to the Lord becomes one Spirit with Him.
St. Paul teaches a beautiful reality today. As members of the Church, we are no longer alone or apart. We are joined to Jesus.
This is not a joining like a membership in a club or with our local automobile association. Those things are optional. If we have a club membership, we can go and partake in club activities if we feel like it. We can adjust our club participation to suit our needs. If we joined the local AAA or other automobile association, we can call them if we need them or are in trouble. We might even take advantage of club discounts if we think of it. Otherwise we can simply ignore the association; file our membership in the back of our minds. But, if we have joined ourselves to Jesus we no longer have options. We have to be all-in.
Paul points out that being part of Jesus is about being all-in. We are intimately joined to Him. What He has, will be ours. Who He is, we will become. His inheritance is our inheritance. If we are one with Him.
The Christian community â€“ made up of each of us â€“ is called to a new way of life; Christian living must show our membership in Jesus in ways that others can imitate. We must be so attractive, so Jesus like â€“ love filled, gracious, peaceable, service oriented, sacrificing, and dedicated â€“ that those who are seeking Jesus find Him. That those who are our fellow disciples grow deeper in their union with Jesus. All because of us.
We are called to completely orient our lives in a way that is in communion with Christ. This means we must make a giant change. We have to fully understand that our lives are not ours. Our bodies, minds, souls, desires, wishes, present and future do not belong to us â€“ they belong to Jesus. We have to give up on ourselves to fully live our union with Jesus â€“ our membership in Him.
This joining is not easy, nor does it happen overnight. If it did, every baptism would result in perfect Jesus-like people. Rather, our membership in Jesus is a process of becoming â€“ and Paul is reminding us of what we must become to really be part of Jesus.
We hear of those who decided to walk with Jesus â€“ they said, â€˜I want to join.â€™ They walked with Him, listened to Him, prayed with Him â€“ lived at His side yet still had to grow in their membership. That should give us courage.
To be really complete and all-in we must seek the Holy Spiritâ€™s help and reach for the fully aligned life. With the Spiritâ€™s help, we become, grow, draw others to Jesus and share in glory.