Thought for the day #262

 

 

ONE BODY -- MANY MEMBERS

 

 

1 Corinthians 12:14-27    (New American Standard Bible)

 

14For the body is not one member, but many.

 15If 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.

 16And 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.

 17If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?

 18But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired.

 19If they were all one member, where would the body be?

 20But now there are many members, but one body.

 21And 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.”

 22On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary;

 23and 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,

  24whereas 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,

 25so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.

  26And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

27Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.

 

When a believer is maimed or crippled, the entire body of Christ is affected. No matter how great or small we may be in the eyes of others, each of us are of the same importance to God and to his body.

 

You may feel that you are very small and ineffective within His Kingdom. This is not true. Without you, the Kingdom is dysfunctional in some area of purpose. Regardless of how unworthy you may feel, you are a very important part of the body of Christ.

 

You are highly valued! We need each other!