For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Romans 12:4-5
My right hand, though dominant and well equipped to write the words, is grateful for my left hand which positions and holds the paper just right. My hands are grateful for my feet that delivered me into the kitchen to retrieve the coffee. My hands have tried, but they do not carry my 6’5” frame very far or very well. My taste buds are grateful for my hands and my feet for the tasty brew they are enjoying. My eyes are grateful that it is my hands and not my feet, that are writing these words… the floor is just too far away to see these ideas come to the page! When it comes time to put socks on, my back rejoices over my knees which bring those feet closer for the task. It might just be impossible otherwise!
It’s almost as if the Creator put the members of my body together just as He wanted to, for each of their benefit, and for mine.
So it is with the Body of Christ.
But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 1 Corinthians 12:18
By God’s design the church has many Members, but is one Body.
I have been guilty in the Body of Christ of walking across the room as a hand. The thing is – I can almost do it! We will fall some and crash into things, but we’ll get there! Hopefully. Eventually.
It’s not out of bad motives, but it is foolish, for a couple of reasons. I am keeping my feet from serving as they were created and, secondly, I end up exhausted and/or injured and am not able to write these words to the page very well.
The truth is, my feet enjoy remaining on the ground (instead of flailing up in the air!). Carrying the weight of my body is a non-issue for them. They enjoy it and nobody get hurts.
As a leader in the Body of Christ, my function and gift to the Body is to lead. Paul said to lead with all diligence (Romans 12:8). This diligence includes NOT doing what I am not spiritually gifted to do. Focusing on what God has created me to do will be a greater blessing for the church. As I encourage and lead everyone to do the same, the Body will function beautifully and be well positioned to be used by God to accomplish the Mission of Jesus in this world.
Holy Father, forgive me for my short-sightedness, even if it was well intentioned. Forgive me for my arrogance to think that I can do all things well. Ha! You must chuckle at me. Would you fan into flame the gifts you have given me. Allow me to use them for Your glory and for the blessing of Your church. Lead me so I can lead others well, I pray, in Jesus’ Name. I live for You today.