40 DAYS WITH GOD for personal reflection
Reading for Personal Growth, 40 Days with God Reflection by Matthew Myers
Edited by Lena Joseph
DAY 9 You have PURPOSE
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit as to form one body – whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so, the body is not made up of one part but of many. Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact, God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it so that there should be no division in the body, but its parts should have equal concern for each other. IF one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. “
1 Corinthians 12:12-27
Where to begin…. there is so much in these 15 verses that it is hard to know where to start. Let us start with obvious that the various parts of the church are being compared to various parts of the body and no part is dispensable. Ears, toes, heart, head, and even the unmentionables are part of the body. All are necessary and without any of the parts, the body suffers. Same with the church. You have the Pastor, the music director, kids pastor, secretary, the sweet lady in hospitality that makes coffee, and that creepy guy who walks around with the mop, and hangs out by the bathroom (it is a joke folks) are all part of the church and integral parts of it. While you could go on without the coffee lady, or clean bathrooms, the experience would not be as pleasant. Eventually, you would have to do something to replace them, or the pastor, or the secretary.
To keep the church going, all it’s parts are needed. I will take that out of the building to include the church, his people, as a whole. Each person out there that loves God, and is saved, is part of the body of Christ. No matter if they are tall short, thick thin, rich poor, beautiful homely, or brilliant mentally challenged, all are part of the body. Each part somehow dependent or at least made better by the surrounding parts. Christ’s body comprises of all those listed which brings me to the next part.
We may not know the purpose of the various parts, but they are all necessary. Personally, I could not tell you the purpose of the lymph nodes. I know they are there. I know they are important, but I could not tell you their purpose. God can! He knows the purpose of each, and every part, of our body, as he knows the purpose of the body of Christ, and each of it’s individual parts.
So no part is more important than the other. They are all necessary. So we should not look down, or fail to encourage anyone, from becoming a part of the body.
That man or woman who is homeless, borderline, or even fully insane, drooling on themselves, on the park bench, needs Jesus. That executive in the high office with the beautiful home, car, wife, and perfect family, needs Jesus. Everyone in between needs Jesus, and guess what! Jesus needs and wants them as well to be part of the body.
Lastly for this post, but there is soooooo much more to be said for these verses, my head has been spinning with it since reading them.
As a child of God, hold your head up. You are necessary and worthwhile. You have a purpose. Jesus wants you as part of his family. You are NEEDED as part of the body of Christ. Don’t let the devil’s lies about worthlessness, unworthiness, etc keep you from all you are capable of, in Jesus. Be joyful knowing you are part of that body and are important to Him. We may be the lymph node of the body, and no one else may know our purpose. But God does, and that is all that matters.
An old TV show I watched has a minister who was suffering from a brain tumor, trying to speak on these verses, but it was a confusing wash of words, that made absolutely no sense. When I began reading it, that came to mind, and had to read it a couple of times, to get past that image. Once, God opened my eyes to what I was reading, what a deep a meaningful passage about self worth, and the importance of all his people. The minister on the show was speaking at a funeral but his words were clouded and confusing. Now reading this, I understand what he was trying to say at the funeral. All are important and every individual part will be missed, and the remaining parts will have to adapt to overcome the loss of the loved one.
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