The Value of the Body Members

For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. If they were all one member, where would the body be? But now there are many members, but one body. And the eye cannot * say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable, whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. 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. Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.

1 Corinthians 12:12-26

It’s been a couple of years since I sat down and started writing again. Hopefully, by God’s grace I can do better at this.

These scriptures came to mind this morning as I was talking with the Lord about the life path He has taken me on. I won’t go into detail about why that topic was important to me, but let me share what He told me:

Included in that which Lord gifts every believer are unique experiences, various sorts of education, and skill sets. All of these are a part of what that individual believer can contribute to the building up of the body. No one is disqualified because they don’t have a particular skill or training in their “tool set”, and neither should anyone disdain someone who does not have their set of tools. Additionally, the one who does not have a particular skill set should not disdain the gifting in the one who does. “The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you.’”

That is all for now.


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