An Important Part of the Whole
I’ve noticed something very interesting about people when it comes to describing their physical features. Everyone tends to point out what they believe to be their major defects first. We live in a culture that puts so much emphasis on the wrong thing, and I admit this affects us all. We measure our success, or lack there of, by that of another. The way that we view ourselves in light of gifts and talents, when it comes to our purpose and calling, is usually very negative. Yet all of those thoughts are totally irrelevant when we begin to believe what the Word of God has to say about us.
We are all members of one body; therefore, we each have a specific purpose that God designed for us to fulfill. God made everyone for a special and unique reason. Not only is every individual unique, but also God’s purpose for him or her in this life is necessary. Consider what the Bible says:
“If the foot shall say, because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body” (1 Corinthians 12:15-19).
Here’s what I love about this scripture: God has placed every member in the body as it pleased Him. He is absolutely pleased with the way you and I were designed. He isn’t going to take away the talents and gifts that He intended for us to share with others. They are without repentance. To me, that says we are created with intent. The God that created us in His image is not ashamed for the way that He made us as individuals.
Since God was so intentional with the way He created us, imagine how it make Him feel when we choose to believe that our purpose is less significant than that of another. We are all created in His image. In the same respect, we shouldn’t boastfully think that the gift God has given us is more important, or should be preferred over another. Psalms 133: declares, “ Behold how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. For there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore” (1, 3).
I think the Book of Acts sets a great model of how we should live as the church. I can imagine how they all felt as they gladly received the Word of God. We are told that they had all things in common, continued daily with one accord in the temple, and went from house to house breaking bread and eating their meat with gladness and singleness of heart. I’m positive that some possessed more resources than others, but because of their singleness of heart they served together with gladness. Lets adopt the same mindset.
Praise God that your purpose is necessary. No one else is exactly like you, therefore, without you, something would be missing. The body of Christ has been given a specific mission and your role is important. Simply examine who you are, and identify your God given gifts, and you will have taken one gigantic step toward finding your purpose in life.
Lord, Your body, the church is fearfully and wonderfully made. We praise you for making each one of us a part of your body. Thank you for giving us all a purpose to serve in your Kingdom, as you fill us with your Spirit to do your will. Amen!