I’ve been journeying through 1 Corinthians lately, and I’ve found myself parked on chapters 12 and 13. The best thing that I discovered about the Body of Christ is that “God arranged the members of the body, each one of them, as He chose” (1 Corinthians 12:18, ESV).
At first I feel a sense of exhilaration—He chose me to be a particular member in His body! Who I am, what part I play, how I can encourage others—it’s all a part of His perfect design. I forget so often that I am someone He created to play a unique part in His kingdom.
This passage makes me more secure, too. It’s freeing. Comparison with others eats at me daily, but it shouldn’t. It shouldn’t be possible to compare two people who aren’t supposed to be similar at all. Dissimilarity is not God’s mistake; it’s His purpose. He didn’t make me like He made you. Why is it so hard to remember that one member isn’t better than another? Is it because this world tells us over and over who should be better?
So there’s no point in comparison. God made us to play different roles. I think this makes me better able to focus on His purpose for me instead of trying to be like you. And I think it makes me respect you more, knowing that you are fulfilling a different purpose.
One more thing that amazes me is how God’s Body brings together people from the most diverse backgrounds…”For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:13, ESV). Jews couldn’t be more different from Greeks, or slaves from free, but each one of us—from any culture, social status, or background—are a member of the Body of Christ.
I’ve heard these things my whole life, but if I stop and really think about it, it’s breathtaking. The Body of Christ. He has given us manifestations of His Spirit. He really works through each one of us in unique ways to encourage one another. It excites me to think of the great potential of the Body of Christ, empowered by the very Spirit of God.
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