Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Body Parts!

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Together you are the body of Christ. Each one of you is part of his body.  First, God chose some people to be apostles and prophets and teachers for the church. But he also chose some to work miracles or heal the sick or help others or be leaders or speak different kinds of languages.  Not everyone is an apostle. Not everyone is a prophet. Not everyone is a teacher. Not everyone can work miracles.  Not everyone can heal the sick. Not everyone can speak different kinds of languages. Not everyone can tell what these languages mean.

1 Corinthians 12:27-30

Diversity is a real and very important part of the Church of Jesus Christ We are not all the same, nor should we be.  Sometimes I think our denominations are attempts to get all the arms together in one place, all the legs together in another, all the hands and feet separated so they can enjoy the fellowship of those who are just like themselves!  Two arms are wonderful for a body, but nothing but arms would be silly and really useless.  What good are arms without hands and feet? 

If you look around and find that you are the only one in your fellowship gifted the way you are, then spend your time using the gift God has given you to minister to others instead of just trying to encourage others to seek your gift.  If you are the church's "right hand," don't work at helping the "left hand" learn how to do what the right hand can so easily accomplish!

Cut off from the rest of the body the individual parts are really not very effective if at all.  But attached to and functioning with the whole body the hand of an artist can create beautiful paintings to bless us all! 

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ ask Him to show you what part of the Body you are and how you should function to fulfill His purposes in this world.  Recognize that other believers will have different ways of using their gifts, and that their walk with Jesus is in response to His Spirit's leading! 

"Lord Jesus, give me the eyes to see how I can bless other parts of your Body and recognize how they bless me!  Today Lord use me to accomplish the things that You have planned!  And may You, Lord be praised forever! Amen."

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