1 Corinthians 12:12,14-27
Christ is just like the human body—a body is a unit and has many parts; and all the parts of the body are one body, even though there are many. Certainly the body isn’t one part but many. If the foot says, “I’m not part of the body because I’m not a hand,” does that mean it’s not part of the body? If the ear says, “I’m not part of the body because I’m not an eye,” does that mean it’s not part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, what would happen to the hearing? And if the whole body were an ear, what would happen to the sense of smell? But as it is, God has placed each one of the parts in the body just like he wanted. If all were one and the same body part, what would happen to the body? But as it is, there are many parts but one body. So the eye can’t say to the hand, “I don’t need you,” or in turn, the head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” Instead, the parts of the body that people think are the weakest are the most necessary. The parts of the body that we think are less honorable are the ones we honor the most. The private parts of our body that aren’t presentable are the ones that are given the most dignity. The parts of our body that are presentable don’t need this. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the part with less honor so that there won’t be division in the body and so the parts might have mutual concern for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part gets the glory, all the parts celebrate with it. You are the body of Christ and parts of each other.
Book Referenced: Small Things with Great Love by Margot Starbuck
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Kid's Song: God's Love is For Everybody
Lord, help us to own the things we are not, so that we are free to be who you call us to be. Make us see and understand the gifts and talents you have given us, and give us courage to use them to live into your dream. Amen.
"The place you are called to be is where your deep joy intersects with the world's deep need."
- Frederick Buechner
Small Step: Where is this intersection for you? This week, think of one person you meet at that "intersection" every day. How can you offer him/her support and hope?