1 Corinthians 12:27:“Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.”
1 Corinthians 12:12:“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also [is] Christ.”
I was thinking recently about the body of Christ, and how we as a church tend to view the particular passage that we have heard so many times. So many times I have heard, “Sister so-and-so may be a part of the hand,” or “Brother so-and-so may be a part of the foot.” This can be so true; they may be. It seems that we take interest in being that part that is in sight, such as the hand, arm, leg, foot, or neck. Whatever the part mentioned, it is usually a part that can be seen on a human body.
I was thinking though, what about those parts not seen, those parts that may never even be mentioned. As we know, God has placed each one of us as he pleased, as it says in 1 Corinthians 12:18: “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.” We would all like to choose that part that we may be, but indeed, do not truly know. We only know that He has grafted us in and placed us in the “body” as it pleases Him, wherever that is in His eyes …
As I was pondering upon this, I began to think of how the human body is put together: how we have bone structure, tendons, muscle, and first, second, and third layers of skin; or how we have blood vessels, the heart, the organs (be they major or minor). I was thinking just how every part depends upon another to work and function properly. I started to realize if one thing is out of place, there is great pain, or total dysfunction that occurs due to even the smallest thing that goes wrong.
Oh, how wonderful it is to think of ourselves as a hand—one reaching out to touch those around us—or the feet—that go where we are needed—but what about those parts not seen? What about those that play the biggest part in the making of the body? Those that make up the underbody, so to speak? You see the body might look right on the outside, but if the inside is not right, it cannot function properly. Does anybody ever say, “Thank you Lord, that I am a part of the tendon, or the joint that helps make this part of the body function?” When we go on to read:
1 Corinthians 12:22-26:“Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary”:
23) “And those [members] of the body, which we think to be less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor; and our uncomely [parts] have more abundant comeliness.”
24) “For our comely [parts] have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honor to that [part] which lacked”.
25) “That there should be no schism in the body; but [that] the members should have the same care one for another.”
26) “And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it.”
27) “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.”
You see, there are parts of the body that may never get recognition for where they fit. They may not even seem important to anybody else. But to God, each part, no matter no matter how big, how small, how unimportant they may seem to us, they hold the body together and cause it to be in proper order.
The person who stands during worship service and prays over the morning/evening service, the one who runs the sound, or those that greet at the door may not seem important or even be noticed. The one who does the tidying of the church after a meeting? The person who cleans the latrines, or just helps with carrying extra hymnals service after service, may not seem special to anyone, but to God, they are there for a purpose, for a time, to do a particular job. Their job may seem “feeble” compared to the “praise and worship” leader, or the teacher, or even the one who says the closing prayer, but they are a part, specifically placed by God for that reason.
They are just as much a part as anybody if not more so. So when we think of the body from now on, let us not think of those parts that are so often seen, those easily noticed, but let us start to take recognition of those that work behind the scenes that really keep things going. The ones who take and do the jobs that probably never cross our minds and let us never take them for granted of forget to give thanks for them. For without them, the body would truly feel their loss, because without them there would be a major dysfunction. Knowing that we may not notice them always, but knowing that God is always aware and He is pleased with them.
I ask that we always be mindful of those that we may not hold in high recognition, but let us realize that we need every part, every worker, ever volunteer and all those in between to hold together, to be the glue for the finishing touches of the body. Let us not become narrow-minded and believe that it is the only the ones we can see and acknowledge that is important, but all. Lord, let us always strive to do what were given to do and pray for others in what they have been given—knowing that we all strive for the same thing. To come into total completeness in Him; knowing that all of us, being one, will spend forever with our Lord and Savior and never be ashamed for we have “fought the good fight and kept the faith” in what ever we have been given to do in Him. Amen.