The need followers of Jesus have for each other has been in the front of my thinking for several months. Reflecting on the Biblical writer’s selection of a body metaphor for God’s church has been good for my understanding of the Christian family. Every system in the body is totally dependent upon the other systems to function at full capacity. Even a simple cell can not survive if the respiratory system fails.
What holds all of the systems of the body into one being? Why aren’t your lungs over there and your kidneys here? Your skin, in part, separates you from all other matter and in some ways your skin holds you together too. Skin also, according to Wikipedia, “guards the underlying muscles, bones, ligaments, and internal organs.” I have heard it said many times, usually about dear patients who have experienced a serious burn, “They can not survive without skin.”
So, yes, skin is in.
Maybe the local church is the skin of the body of Christ?
The author of Hebrews wrote, “Don’t forsake your skin!” Okay, Hebrews 10:25 actually says “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together…”
The Hebrews passage even informs us that the further we get into the future the more we need our skin. Something out there in the environment of the future requires us to be more connected than ever. As “the day” approaches, the health of the body will be determined, in part, by the skin.
This holiday season is different from every other season you have experienced because it is the furthest you have ever been into the future. You are closer to “the day” than you have ever been.
I need you. You need your sister. Your neighbor needs you. We need each other.
Skin is in!