One Body; Many Parts

“For as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body—so also is Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.  So the body is not one part but many.  If the foot should say, “Because I’m not a hand, I don’t belong to the body,” in spite of this it still belongs to the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I’m not an eye, I don’t belong to the body,” in spite of this it still belongs to the body.  If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed each one of the parts in one body just as He wanted. And if they were all the same part, where would the body be? Now there are many parts, yet one body.
So 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!”But even more, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are necessary.  And those parts of the body that we think to be less honorable, we clothe these with greater honor, and our unpresentable parts have a better presentation.  But our presentable parts have no need of clothing. Instead, God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the less honorable,  so that there would be no division in the body, but that the members would have the same concern for each other. So if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
Now you are the body of Christ, and individual members of it.  And God has placed these in the church:
first apostles, second prophets,
third teachers, next miracles,
then gifts of healing, helping,
managing, various kinds of languages.
Are all apostles? Are all prophets?
Are all teachers? Do all do miracles?
Do all have gifts of healing?
Do all speak in other languages?
Do all interpret?
But desire the greater gifts. And I will show you an even better way.” (1 Corinthians 12:12-31)

Hey guys I know this is a lot of scripture but I believe each and every piece is very important. At first the apostle Paul begins by describing the Christian Community as a body. We all have different parts, but we all have one thing in common, Jesus. We are all apart of Christ’s body. No matter what race, or gender, we are still one in Christ. Paul says we have been baptized by one Spirit, into one body. As a body, Paul emphasizes the importance of each and every part. No matter what part you have in the body, whether a really big one, or a very small one, God still needs and wants each and every part of His body. Paul also talks about what if the body were only an eye, where would the hearing be? And what if the body was made up of only hands or arms, how would we get places without our feet and legs. But Paul explains that Christ has placed and given each one of us the part He gave us for a reason. Paul even goes on to explain that the parts that are seen as weaker are so important to the body. What if you took off a finger off of your hand? It would probably make things more difficult to hold and to grasp. Even the least important parts in the body are the parts that God uses in great ways. I work at Target and never thought God could use me there, but He has. He has taken this thing, this part that I thought was so insignificant and used it for His glory. No matter what you do or what part God has given you God will use you, if you allow Him. As one body we rejoice when our other parts of this body rejoice, but we also suffer and mourn for those when hard times come. We are a huge family. We need to come together and stop being separated because of our different denominations. We need to hurt for those who are hurting and rejoice and be glad for those who are winning victories in their life. Over the last year I have seen the power of the body of Christ. They do not wane, they do not faint, because God is holding each and every piece in place. Even when a piece is struggling, the other parts come to its rescue. Even when life gets hard, you have back up. We are not called to all be ministers, or pastors or teachers, but God has a special place for your part to fit into this body and thrive. 
Have a blessed day ya’ll, 
Joseph. 

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