What does it take for a car to be able to take us from one place to another? Naturally, we would think of the different parts of the vehicle (wheels, engine, steering wheel, etc) that work together to bring about movement.
In my recent trip to Brazil, I was thankful to be in a car while the rain poured down one evening. The heavy rain and dimly lit streets led to poor visibility on the roads. To see through the pelting rain, the driver switched the windscreen wipers to top speed.
At that moment, I realized that if the windscreen wipers failed to function, I would be in serious trouble. It did not matter that the rest of the car was functioning fine, what was crucial then was the windscreen wipers. If not for them, we would not have been able to travel safely to our destination in that heavy rain.
In 1 Corinthians 12:12-30, Paul addresses the church in Corinth on the issue of unity in diversity. Verses 21 and 22 serve as good reminders on how each part of the body of Christ is essential in accomplishing God’s kingdom plan.
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. (NLT)
Do we see each other within the body of Christ as important? Are we seeking opportunities to work together? God has a plan and purpose for every member of His body when He chose to save us, regardless of how seemingly big or small that purpose may be.
How will you choose to be part of His body today?