You Are a Significant Part of the Body of Christ
“Just as there are many parts to our bodies, so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of it, and it takes every one of us to make it complete, for we each have different work to do. So we belong to each other, and each needs all the others” (Romans 12:4-5 TLB).
One of the most common descriptions of the Church in the Bible is the “Body of Christ.” What Jesus Christ did when he was here in his physical body, he wants us to continue to do today. We are the Body of Christ on Earth.
The Bible says, “Just as there are many parts to our bodies, so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of it, and it takes every one of us to make it complete, for we each have different work to do. So we belong to each other, and each needs all the others” (Romans 12:4-5 TLB).
Everybody’s needed in the Body of Christ. We are all parts of it, and it takes every one of us to make it complete.
It’s like a jigsaw puzzle. When you build a jigsaw puzzle and you’ve got one part missing, what are you going to notice? The one piece that’s missing.
That’s the way it is in the Body of Christ. Everybody’s needed. You may say, “I’m just a toenail in the Body of Christ.” Have you ever lost a toenail? You notice it. I once dropped a 12-pound weight on a toenail. It may just be a tiny part of my body, but I sure noticed it for about six months.
Never confuse prominence and significance. Something can be prominent but not significant. My nose is prominent. It just sticks out there. But it’s not significant. I could lose my nose and keep on living the rest of my life happily ever after. It’s prominent, but it’s not significant.
But there’s more stuff inside of me, like a liver, a heart, and lungs. They’re not prominent, but if I lost them, I’d die.
You may not feel prominent in the Body of Christ, but you are significant. There are many parts, but everybody’s needed. We all have work to do!
Talk It Over
- Think of a time when you were disconnected from the Body of Christ. How did it impact your life?
- What significant role are you playing in the Body of Christ that is not prominent? What is your attitude toward your service?
- How can you encourage others in the Body of Christ to use their gifts to serve each other?
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