Thought for the Day #162



ONE OF MANY PARTS


Romans 12:4-5 New American Standard Bible

4 For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

God's Kingdom is beyond our ability to number. His promise to Abraham has surely come to pass. His descendants are as impossible to count as the sands of the sea. We are a part of something big. The house of
Israel!

We know that we are to be useful citizens of his kingdom. Our concern for the many kinds of need and the ministry to meet them can be overwhelming. Our abilities, time and energy are limited. Sometimes we find ourselves in a position of feeling deserted or alone, trying to accomplish far more than we are able.

How can we do it all? We can't! God does not intend for us to try to do it all. He has given each member in his Kingdom specific gifts and responsibilities. The scripture above reminds us that we are just one part of his huge household. Each of us has a very particular assignment in His great kingdom. We are part of his whole body. Each member of the body has its particular purpose and function.

God has equipped us to function very efficiently in his body. We must remember that an eye doesn't make a very good foot, nor does a hand make a very good ear. The secret of having effective and fulfilling ministry is found through functioning in the purpose God created us to perform. Most of us try to serve in his kingdom by doing something assigned to another member. We become enamored with a function that seems to be so obviously important. We forget that there are many elements involved in a successful kingdom.

Let us allow the King of the kingdom to assign us to duty. He knows exactly where and how we fit. The Holy Spirit will give us ability and understanding. We can be very successful and happy in serving Him daily.

It takes many parts to make a whole body. Remember that we are but one of that many, and, the other members of the Kingdom are also part of us.

Every part is absolutely necessary. To function as God intends, he needs us all. He has specifically designed us for his purpose. Each of us is very important to Him and to each other.

Prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for choosing me to be part of your kingdom. I want to serve you well. Help me to fit into the place you have prepared for me. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.