Body Building

For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot would say, ‘Because I’m not the hand, I’m not part of the body,’ it is not therefore not part of the body. If the ear would say, ‘Because I’m not the eye, I’m not part of the body,’ it’s not therefore not part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the smelling be? 1 Corinthians 12:14 WEB

The human body is made up of many parts, and each part is made up of many cells, and each cell is made of even smaller parts like chromosomes. All of it works together to make a healthy body, and every part has its own job. It’s quite an amazing structure.

The heart pumps blood while the lungs pump oxygen. In their own thoughts, their job is the most important part of their existence. Different parts will never agree on which job is actually most important, because it is certainly theirs. The fact is, they are both right. We need both the heart and lungs for the body to live.

Many times in our walk with Jesus, we will meet other Christians that just simply don’t think like we do. One is deep into politics, another is into mission work, yet another is involved in something else entirely, but it takes all of this to make the body of Christ work.

When we attend our local church, the welcome team greets us at the door, people work at the coffee counter, in the children’s church, in the nursery, in the praise team, some run the sound, lighting, projectors, recordings, cameras, another speaks a message, others are on the prayer team. It takes everyone working together to build a healthy community.

As Paul told us, we are all a part of the body of Christ and one part is not more important than another. There is no top or bottom in God’s eyes, as we are all His children. Jesus told us that the greatest among you, will be your servant (Mark 10:43, Matthew 23:11). Wherever you find yourself, work like you are working directly for God and you will be rewarded (Colossians 3:23).

Do not get sidetracked by others that will try and turn you back from following your own calling in this life, and to follow theirs. People will live your life for you if you let them. They are another part of the body and they cannot do the job that God created for you, nor will they understand your desire to do so. Neither can you be satisfied doing what they are called to do. Each of us are unique in our gifts and our calling in life.

Find what you are passionate about, that seems to come naturally, and follow it. Don’t strive to be like someone else. Serve your heart out wherever you are and God will raise you up in due time. If you are washing dishes, be the best dish washer the world has ever seen and God will make you the manager.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please put me where I need to be and help me to recognize the gifts that You have placed in my life. Stir me up and wake me up. Guide me onto the path that You have laid out for me and make it so clear that I know that it can only be You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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