But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
—1 Corinthians 12:18-26
by: Cheri Appel.
Paul wrote about God’s plan for the body of Christ. What personalities with what spiritual gifts and talents take on certain roles? Where do you function in the body of your church? Have your roles changed over time? When one person is no longer able to perform a job, God often answers faithfully with someone He has prepared “in the wings.” How gracious are we when a “new” worker does something differently in the church? God’s purpose is for no division—a smooth functioning body of parts—with compassion toward one another! Which statement in this passage is most convicting for you?