"But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it." 1 Cor 12:24b-26
One of the great metaphors associated with the church is that it is the body of Christ and that Jesus is the head, Eph 1:22-23. This certainly gives us a picture of the unity and design involved with being a Christian. The metaphor is extended when the Scriptures reveal that "the body is one and has many members and all the members of that one body being many are one body; so also is Christ" 1 Cor 12:12. This tells us that we are one body but that the body is made up of individual parts. From here we are told that every part is important and has a specific function on which the rest of the body depends.
Beloved, the questions we must answer are "do we know our place in the body and are we fulfilling our role?" The Holy Spirit has uniquely equipped us with gifts to use in support of the whole which functions to glorify God. If you have carpentry skills, are you using them to assist those in need in order to create an opportunity to share Christ with them? If you are gifted with financial knowledge are you helping your brothers and sisters get out of debt and supporting missions with your God given resources? If you have the gift of teaching, are you using it to do what Jesus did (seek and save the lost)?
God knew what He was doing by providing us with certain talents, skills and abilities and He knows what He is doing by placing where we are. We must then take inventory, check our surroundings and ensure we are functioning as intended. Imagine the impact of one of your own body parts not working to full capacity or working at all for that matter. Endeavor not to be the blind eye or the deaf ear in the body of Christ.
Rejoicing in the Lord,