Your Part in the Body of Christ
Daily Bible Reading – Judges 1-3; 1 Corinthians 12
Today’s Key Passage – 1 Corinthians 12:12-31
The worship team at our church is awesome. There are people on that team who could easily be professional singers and would likely be very successful. Sometimes when I am listening to them sing, I wish I had their ability. I wish I was able to sing the way they do, but sadly, I would be lucky to string two notes together in tune because singing is simply a gift that God did not give to me. Before I feel too bad about my lack of singing ability, though, I stop and think about Paul’s words in our key passage for today.
The church in Corinth had a few problems that Paul was trying to sort out in his letter. One of these issues was how some people were thinking of and using spiritual gifts. At the time, some people were in the church were contending that spiritual gifts were representative of how religious a person was in the eyes of God. Basically, a person with a particular gift (for example, the gift of speaking in tongues) believed that he or she was more spiritual than a person who did not have this gift. In effect, the believers in Corinth were ranking their own spirituality based on the gifts they had received from God. Obviously, this is a misuse of gifts and not at all what God intended. Spiritual gifts are gifts from God designed to help the church function more effectively, and should never be used to divide the church. In our key passage today, Paul likens spiritual gifts to different parts of the body. He states that the foot has its particular purpose and the hand has its particular purpose, but each part is essential to the overall health of the body. No one part is greater than any other part, and no part of the body is greater than the whole body. The church functions the same way.
For those of us who have been saved, we are all parts of the body of Christ. When we received the Holy Spirit and He began to dwell inside of us, we were given certain gifts from God to help us during our walk with Christ. Some people are given the gift of singing while others were not. Some people are great preachers and some are not. Some are given the gift of prophecy, and some are not. God divides His gifts in His own way and by His own design, and no one with one particular gift can claim to be any greater than a person without that gift. No matter which gifts you have been given from God, there are a couple of important things that we need to keep in mind. First and foremost, you HAVE been given gifts, even if you have not yet figured out what those gifts are. Each of us has individual talents and strengths that can be used to further God’s kingdom. Our job is to figure out what those gifts are, and then use them to God’s glory. Do not spend time wishing you had been given other gifts. Instead, use the gifts you have been given to reach your full potential for Christ. Just as the overall health of the body is dependent on the health of its individual parts, the overall health of the body of Christ is dependent on the health of each one of us. Once you have determined your part in the body of Christ, make sure you are putting it to good use. Finally, always remember that as the body of Christ, we all share in each other’s times of joy and times of sorrow. Paul says, “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (v. 26) Whatever your part in the body of Christ might be, do not allow yourself to be jealous of those who are honored or to ignore those who suffer. We are all part of the same Body. We can choose to build each other up, or tear each other down. Find out what your part is in the body of Christ, do your part as well as you can, and choose to build up other believers around you. When each of us decides to use the gifts God has provided us for the glory of God and not for our own personal glory, the body of Christ grows stronger and stronger.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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Posted on March 27, 2013, in 07 - 1 Corinthians and tagged Bible, Blessings, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Family, First Epistle to the Corinthians, God, Godly Living, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Paul, Religion, Service, Spiritual gift. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.