Sunday: 27th January, 2019
Reference text: 1 Corinthians 12:12-30
1 Corinthians 12:17 Suppose the whole body were an eye—then how would you hear? Or if your whole body were just one big ear, how could you smell anything?
As an opening thought: “If you had no choice but to lose one of your senses, would you have a preference for which four out of the five you would opt to keep? Sight? Smell? Taste? Touch or hearing?”
- There is a story told of a stained glass window which formed an image of a man. After a heavy storm, this window fell out of place and was shattered into many pieces. An expert was brought in to carefully fit all the individual pieces together to recreate the image. However, a tiny piece of glass was missing, a part of the eye. Such was its location that until it was fitted, no one could truly appreciate the beauty of the refitted image.
Saint Paul asks us a rather straight forward question: ‘If the whole human body was made up of just a single part, will it be complete? We cannot all be the same: we can’t all serve in the same offices, work the same jobs, attend the same schools nor possess the same set of skills and talents. We are just not created to be the same, but to be unique individuals.
Beloved, each part of the body exists to serve a purpose, and each part knows what it needs to do. So, as the ball is thrown into our court we need to ponder ‘do I even know which part of the body of Christ I am? Are we hands to serve? Are we eyes to see and guide the way? Are we ears to hear what God has for his people? Just which part of body are you?
Remember # until you know which part you are, you won’t know what your role is.