Inspired by Eddy Mann’s song “We Are The Body of Christ”
Have you ever had one of those moments where you really need help, but are too stubborn to admit it? Face it, at one time or another we’ve all been there, however, when we finally acknowledge we can’t do everything ourselves, that’s when we truly see that accepting a little help every now and then isn’t quite so bad.
I love the story a friend of mine shared with me awhile back in an email about a silly argument she had with her husband. The story goes like this: “You’re going to have to use one of those scooters,” my husband said as we pulled into the grocery store parking lot. “I am not!” I declared. In spite of my bold declaration, by the time I managed to painfully hobble from the car to the store entrance, I had to admit that my husband was right—I was going to have to use the scooter. It seemed like such a minor thing, really. A broken toe. How could such a small thing cause such pain, and be so debilitating? Not only did I need to use the scooter at the grocery store, I also missed two days of work. And as I type this—five days after breaking my toe—I’m still unable to wear shoes, and am taking pain killers to get through the day.”
I don’t think about my toes often. They just exist, and seem of very little value. Until I’m unable to use them, that is. The same thing is true of various gifts in the body of Christ. All of them are necessary, even the ones that receive little attention. Or maybe I should say especially the ones that receive little attention.
When we think of the communion of saints and the doctrine of election, we should also understand that God chose each of us for the body of Christ for a specific purpose. Paul tells us specifically that God Himself has arranged all the members of the body of Christ, putting us in specific positions and giving us particular gifts for the good of the whole. Just as each organ and member of the human body has its own role and function, each Christian has a calling that is indispensable to the health of the church. For example, you may have talented hands to write, but those same hands may not be skilled to paint. You may have a talented voice to sing, but only the songs that will help God’s kingdom are the ones worth singing about. The talents we have were designed and chosen by our Creator to be specific for us!
Christian unity is necessary to serve the purpose of being the body of Christ. Together we bring the different parts of the body together so that we can work as a whole to guide non-believers to the cross and support other believers in their pursuit of living in the truths that the gospel challenges us with. Many of our meaningful times of worship wouldn’t happen without humble servants working without recognition. Take, for example, communion. Do you know what it’s like to fill up all of those little cups with grape juice? The work and care that goes into communion is enormous, and most of the time, no one thinks about who has done all the preparation, and who will clean up the mess afterwards.
Perhaps you think more highly of the “up front” ministries in the church. You may even long to be in one of those positions of honor. Or perhaps you yourself are in a highly visible ministry. Although there is a purpose and plan for more visible ministries (they are part of the body, too!), Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 12 that every part of the body is important, and should be honored.
Next time you go to church, seek out those who do the behind the scenes work in the church. Ask around to find out who they are if necessary. Then go out of your way to thank them for the tremendous contribution they make to the body of Christ. And if you’re one of those people who do seemingly thankless jobs that are considered to be unimportant by some, know that you are a highly valued part of the body of Christ. The church would hobble along without your contribution.
Scripture for today’s devotional:
12 “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body-whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free-and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.14 Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. 16And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (Corinthians 12:12-26 )
Tim Ewing is the founder of Kindred Concert Ministries. You can learn more about Kindred by going to www.facebook.com/kindredconcerts or by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eddy Mann is the worship leader at Gloria Dei Church in Huntingdon Valley, PA. “We AreThe Body of Christ” can be found on his new CD titled “Who We Are,” which can be found on iTunes, cdbaby, Amazon and always at live events. For more information about Eddy Mann visit his website at www.eddymann.com.
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