Comparisons and the Body of Christ

Apple & Orange

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.

~Rachel Sue

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2 thoughts on “Comparisons and the Body of Christ

  1. julie December 29, 2013 / 8:16 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. Just today I was thinking about how we distort ourselves in trying to be something we were never supposed to be.

  2. Deborah December 29, 2013 / 11:38 pm

    Sometimes I find myself easily discouraged trying to search for my role as a part of God’s design. Today in my dad’s sermon about the body of Christ, I learned the difference between seeking God during times of uncertainty and seeking him with uncertainty or doubt.
    “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.”
    In my search for God’s will I may not always have a clear path of before me telling me what, how, when, where, or why. However, I do have a path (Psalm 119:105). And He will direct me along it every step and I must trust that he will do so faithfully.
    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

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