Every Part is Needed!

Did you ever notice how we often look at what others are doing as more valuable or more important than what we ourselves are doing?  Maybe we feel like we’d rather be out in front instead of behind the scenes, or we long for the big job instead of doing something we consider more mundane.  Sometimes we may feel like it’s the opportunity that’s lacking, and other times we feel like it’s our own ability.  But the truth is, nothing is lacking- God just has different callings for all of us. 

The Bible uses the example of the human body to illustrate how, in the church, every part is important, and we shouldn’t think we are less because we don’t have the same role as someone else:

The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. ... Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, "I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand," that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, "I am not part of the body because I am not an eye," would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! ... The eye can never say to the hand, "I don't need you." The head can't say to the feet, "I don't need you." In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. (1 Corinthians 12:12, 14-19, 21-22 NLT)

What a vivid example!  And what a strong encouragement not to have a lowly opinion of the part we are called to play, whatever that might be.  It’s God who places the callings on our lives, and faithfully fulfilling that calling is the most valuable and important thing each of us can do.

What God calls great and what we call great are not always the same thing… Every joint supplies… Do not look at your part as being insignificant. (excerpt from Don’t Miss Your Destiny Due to Wrong Speaking, by Assistant Pastor Vondalier Pipkin)