Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. (Romans 12:4-6a)
God paints a beautiful picture of what His church should look like: one awesome body, with each person playing a valuable part.
That got me thinking. What exactly is my part in God’s body? And what if I don’t particularly like it?
When I was in high school, as a prank one of my friends turned in an essay under my name entitled My Epiglottis. It went on and on for several pages describing in excruciating (and quite humorous) detail my supposed love for my epiglottis. My teacher liked it better than anything I had ever actually written myself and even read parts of it out loud to the class.
Anyway, I have to admit that before that point, I had no idea what my epiglottis was. But I ended up with a new appreciation for that unobtrusive little flap of skin at the back of my throat. Basically, the epiglottis’ job is to save our lives several times every single day by keeping food from going down our windpipe.
So, what if my role in God’s body is to be something unglamorous and unnoticed like an epiglottis? What if I would rather be something more prominent, like an eyeball? Or maybe an ear?
God answers that very question:
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 arranged the parts of 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. (1 Corinthians 12:17-20)
So, how do you figure out what your part is? God answers that question, too:
Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. (Romans 12:3)
In other words, do some deep thinking, praying and talking to others to help you see more clearly the special gifts and abilities God has given you. And then put ‘em to use with the Holy Spirit’s help.
PLAY YOUR PART