Each Part is Important!
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.
- 1 Corinthians 12:14-20
I recently had the privilege to spend a week speaking at a Christian High School Summer camp. Hundreds of students from various churches across the state gathered together for a week of dynamic worship, fun games, teaching, and the experience of retreating to a beautiful spot in God’s creation. If you’ve ever been to a camp or retreat before then you know how meaningful and powerful it is to be in an environment that is wholly focused on Jesus.
One afternoon while talking with a camp staffer, the above scripture came to mind. What we were seeing at this camp was an amazing demonstration of the Body of Christ in action. As I thought thru all of the various roles needed for the camp to be successful, no role was less important than another to the success of the whole vision and purpose of the week.
While certain elements of a camp seem to have more of a spotlight than others what would a Summer camp look like without clean dishes? How would the games be without well taken care of facilities? How effective would the whole week be without proper administration? All of these are essential parts and when they function together, are an amazing demonstration of the Body of Christ in action!
It’s easy to see this illustration in action at a place like a Summer Camp but the same is true for the local church. While certain elements may have more of a focus during a Sunday morning gathering, each part of the body is just as important, even if it’s a bit more hidden.
So what is it that God has given you a passion for? Recognizing that all parts are equally important how has he called you to serve and be a part of the Body of Christ?
The other question that is important to ask (especially if you’re a leader) is, do we really believe that every part is equally important and how is that belief reflected in our church culture?
Take some time this week to thank someone who is using their gifts and passions to build up the Body of Christ. As Paul goes on to say in verse 26,” If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” The Body of Christ is an amazing thing and when Jesus is the head of the church, and all the parts are working together, God is glorified and lives are changed.