Which body part are You?
Which Body Part Are You?
I Corinthians 12:12 allows us to visualize the church as parts of the human body. There are many body parts as there are many members and depending on their function, some may be seen as more glamorous than others. Have you ever been in a class where this scripture was being studied and thought to yourself (or said out loud) “Well I guess I’m just the big toe!”? Sometimes we all have that feeling, “As body parts go, I’m just not that important.” How important we actually are may depend on certain circumstances or situations. I have been told that a person that has lost his big toe has to pretty much learn how to walk all over. The balance and the stability that the big toe provides goes unnoticed until it can no longer function. The big toe, as it turn out, is pretty important! “Well, if the big toe is that important, I must be the little finger! Small, weak, just not that big of a deal.” Again, depending on the circumstance, the little finger’s importance can grow to a huge level. If one loses his voice (a very important part of the body) the hands become the means to communicate. Remembering the very little signing that I once learned, the letters i, j, and y cannot be made without the little finger and numerous words that I am not aware of. The little finger, as it turns out, is pretty important! “Okay, then I am the pits! I’m the armpits of the body, no good for anything!” It is important to remember that God put armpits on the body and God does nothing that is not good. The leg muscles are some of the strongest in the body. They allow us to stand up-right as well as move forward. Pretty important part of our body. But when we lose use of one or both of our legs, even temporarily, the nurse will come in with a pair of crutches and fit them snuggly under the armpit. The armpit will now allow the body to stand up-right and move forward. The armpit, as it turns out, is pretty important!Two things strike me as important about this teaching:
- Which part is not nearly as important as making sure that we are a part of the Lord’s church.
- Even if we feel insignificant in our responsibilities the other parts, when the need arises, we must step up. We must do whatever we can to make sure the body is spiritually healthy as well as physically able to complete the task at hand. Mark 16:15 – “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
The key, I think, is to actively search out the opportunities to increase our value to the body.
Posted on Sat, October 14, 2017
by Beth Redden