A human body has a lot of dierent parts, but allof them form one body. It’s just the same withGod’s children in Christ. Whether we’re Jewishor American or Mexican or Mongolian, we haveall been washed clean by the same Holy Spirit,and that same Holy Spirit has nourished us all andformed us into one corporation—a body.But we’re not a huge, single cell amoeba. Thisbody, like our own, has a vast number of individualcomponents. We all have unique functions to playin the body of Christ, and every single function wasassigned by the Holy Spirit. We may do dierentkinds of work, but we all work for the samecompany and have the same CEO.We have each been assigned a function thatcontributes to the overall good of this company.For example, the Spirit may have assigned youto counsel others, or maybe the Spirit assignedyou the function of teaching others, or maybe theSpirit assigned you the ability to readily believe inthings that seem impossible, or maybe the Spiritassigned you to play a role in supernatural healing.Others got the abilities to do supernatural works,still others to be God’s mouthpieces to the presentgeneration by applying his Word to our lives today.Maybe the Spirit assigned you the ability to gureout when people are being sincere, and whenthey aren’t. Maybe the Spirit assigned you to bea linguist of natural or supernatural languages.Regardless, it is the Spirit who assigns every abilityto each person as He determines to be correct.Think about your own body for a second andimagine if your foot copped an attitude and said,“I’m on strike because I wanted to be a hand, nota foot.” Or what if your ear piped up and said, “Ithink I should have been the one with vision, andif I can’t have it, I’m out of here!” They may have avalid point, but could they possibly opt out of beingpart of your body because they’re not pleased withtheir assignments?If your body parts were to choose their own jobs,they might all choose to have vision, and then you’dbe mute and deaf. Or if the whole body wanted theability to hear, you’d starve to death. But our bodyparts can’t choose their jobs, and so it is with thespiritual body we’re a part of. God has assigned usour function exactly how He wants it. And we’renot a huge eye or ear, we’re a huge multi-faceted
So you who have the ability of vision, you can’tdisown your hands who put your vision into action.And you who are the brains behind it all, you can’tsay you don’t need feet. You’d go nowhere! Thefact is that the parts of the body that we don’toften acknowledge are indispensable. If we thinka part of the body is ordinary, we ought to treat itas extraordinary. And if there are parts of the bodythat we’re embarrassed to show just anyone, weneed to give those particularly special care, whilethose we are generally comfortable showing tothe outside world—they really don’t need anyspecial treatment. And keep in mind that if a bodypart needs special treatment, that’s exactly howGod designed it—so that the parts that we tend toneglect are assured their signicance—so that allof the parts of this body will be concerned for eachother. We will all suer when the pinky gets a papercut, and when we get an awesome hair cut, thewhole body feels good about it.Now we’re not talking about a human body, so thisis where the analogy ends. Rather, each of us isa part of Christ’s body. And Christ himself orderssome parts to communicate with other parts, andsome parts to communicate with the outside world.Some he has given the assignment to care for thebody, and some he assigns to train the body, toget it ready to act eectively, so that the body cangrow stronger and mature in our knowledge ofthe Son of God until we reach the point where wework harmoniously and believe harmoniously andbecome exactly what we are meant to be as thebody of Christ.YOU are the body of Christ, and EACH ONE OF YOUis a part of it.
1 Cor 12:12-14; 4-11; 15-26; Eph 4:11-13; I Cor 12:27
(how I would say it)