I have lived long enough to know that there are some parts of my body that I can live without and other parts that necessary. For example, I could live without my eyes if I had to. I could also live without my ears – but I don’t want to. My eyes and ears get a lot of attention and rightly so because of their function, but they aren’t as important as my stomach, kidneys or heart. I can’t see any of these parts, but I know they are working because I’m alive to type out this simple little blog.
The apostle Paul writes to the church at Corinth to explain the parts of the church, the body of Christ and how important each member is. We all are gifted way differently, but we all have similar parts of our own bodies. Check this out…
18 But as it is, God has arranged each one of the parts in the body just as he wanted. 19 And if they were all the same part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” Or again, the head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that are weaker are indispensable. 23 And those parts of the body that we consider less honorable, we clothe these with greater honor, and our unrespectable parts are treated with greater respect, 24 which our respectable parts do not need.
Instead, God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the less honorable, 25 so that there would be no division in the body, but that the members would have the same concern for each other. 26 So if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. (1 Corinthians 12:18-26 CSB)
I don’t really think a whole lot about my stomach until it gets upset – then that’s all I think about until it settles down. I don’t think about my kidneys until they get an infection. I think it’s important to be aware of my whole body, not just my skin, face, hair, eyes, hands, feet, etc… My body is complex and very detailed just as the church is complex and detailed. I need to look at the church differently. If the beautiful parts get all the attention, what about the unseen parts? I need to notice every part of the body. I need to care for the invisible yet vital parts as well as the parts that I could live without. It’s very complex and complicated, but also simple – I need others and others need me – The body parts of the church are vital to impact the world for Jesus.