One Body, Many Parts
I just got off the phone with my parents who told me news I never thought or expected I’d hear—my brother had taken his own life. I didn’t know what to do because he was my go-to person in times of need. Whenever anything happened, good or bad, he was the first person I’d call.
Fortunately, I had a community of people to do life with. I called my small group leader, and within the hour, four friends came to my apartment to be with me. And what happened over the next weeks and months was incredible. Some came over to my place and let me cry. Others took me out and made me laugh. Some provided meals. Others made charitable donations in my brother’s honor. Some drove through the night to be at my brother’s memorial service to support me. Others even decorated my apartment for Christmas to welcome me back from my difficult trip. My friends did what God equipped each of them to do to care for me.
First Corinthians 12 teaches that we are one body with many parts. God has given each of us unique gifts, talents, and passions to use to serve others. I am forever grateful for my friends who used what they had to serve me in my time of grief. Today I want to encourage you to remember that you have exactly what it takes to serve others and love like Jesusin their time of greatest need.
“The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit. Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.”
1 Corinthians 12:12-27 NLT