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Friday, 1 August 2014

You Are Needed, Just As You Are


Now if the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should sau, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them. to be.
1 Corinthians 12:15-18

   One of the biggest problems in our society today, even within christian culture, is comparison. There is a feeling of inadequacy that is overwhelming. We aren't good enough. Not strong enough, thin enough, smart enough, determined enough. When we look in the scripture Paul is addressing this issue reminding us that we are just as Christ wants us to be. We are strung together with specific talents and strengths that are just as important in the body of Christ as any other. When we wish to have another's gift, we are forsaking the gift we ourselves were given by God to use. The body is lacking because we are focused on other people's accomplishments and neglecting to cherish and take hold of our own. You are a child of God, you are needed, as part of the body of Christ; YOU are needed to fulfill something no one else could. If that were the case, God would have made replicas.  "If they were all one part, where would the body be?" v19

"Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?" v29-30

I think the proper response is "nope."

 Remember that today as you go about your day. You are made whole in Christ, and he is moulding you to be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Don't focus on someone else's accomplishments because "those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable." v22 YOU are indispensable, your talents, your strengths, who YOU are is indispensable. 

You are loved. Have a great day.

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