Your Place In The Body
Episode 3: Many Gifts But One Body
God has placed us in a body and the Holy Spirit has given us specific gifts. The wonderful truth is that each person in the body is not the same and it is because of that diversity of people and gifts that the church can be the most effective it can be at making Christ known and making disciples.
- Why should we trust God in how he has gifted us?
- Why is it important that a church have a diversity of gifts?
- What body part describes your role and gift in the church? Why did you choose that?
- Which gifts do you find yourself envying? Which gifts do you need to hold in higher esteem?
“For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 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 12:14-26 ESV
I thank you for my local church and the people you have placed there. I praise you for how you have gifted each person to be a vital member of the body of Christ. I confess that I don’t always hold each person and gift in the proper esteem that you do. Help me to be humble about my gifts and to look for ways to serve others for the building up and edification of your church.
In Your name, Amen.
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