“As it is, however, God put every different part in the body just as he wanted it to be”.

1 Cor 12:18 GNB

Most of us want to get our own way. Some of us “throw our toys out of the cot” when we can’t. Not only that, we play manipulative games such as, “Unless we do this (what I want), I’m going to resign”. And others of us cower before such strong arm tactics and let the pusher get away with it.

Similar things happen in the church when we forget that we are members of the body of Christ, and so is everyone else. In Paul’s explanation of the Christian church being the body of Christ (not like the body of Christ) he emphasizes the priority of God all the way through. The body has many interconnected parts not because the body parts take on personality and each asserts its importance and significance but because that is how God in his creating originality gave it different parts. Therefore it is not for us to manoeuvre ourselves into being this part or that in Christ’s body because it is more important than another part. God designed parts of the body and he assigns us as this part or that part according to his choice and designation. And if someone else is the part we think we would like to be, we accept that as God’s choice and allow him to use us in some other way that enables Christ’s body to function. In this way we all bring glory to God and promote the work of Christ’s mission in society.

It is worth spending some time thinking out your role, under God, in the Christian group of which you are a member.


Lord, help me to function effectively in Christ’s body.