You Have A Place In The Church…

The Apostle Paul used the illustration of the physical body to drive home an important point: Every single person has a vital role to play in the body of Christ! That means God has a specific purpose for you to carry out in the local church, and it is up to you to fill that purpose, with God’s help! 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 explains why this is so important!

12 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. 13 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. 14 So the body is not one part but many. 15 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. 16 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. 17 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? 18 But now God has placed each one of the parts in one body just as He wanted.19 And if they were all the same part, where would the body be? 20 Now there are many parts, yet one body.

21 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!” 22 But even more, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 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. 24 But our presentable parts have no need of clothing. Instead, God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the less honorable, 25 so that there would be no division in the body, but that the members would have the same concern for each other. 26 So if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

27 Now you are the body of Christ, and individual members of it.
 
Three important points from this passage:
1. The church is made up of different people with different roles. 
2. No one person is more valuable than another.
3. We need one another to function as God intended.
 
God chooses to use various groups and spiritual gifts found throughout “His” church to shine a light on the person who unifies us, Jesus Christ!
Chris McDaniel