Brought in to work together.
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
1 Corinthians 12:27
The human body is incredible. Each part is so dependent on the other parts to function in wholeness. We have all know the misery of a toothache, and how it can affect other parts of the body. Each part is vital in the role it plays, no part can go rogue and be independent. All parts must work for the proper functioning of the body.
With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that Paul often describes the church as Christ's body. As followers of Jesus we are interrelated with every other person in the body of Christ. Though each believer may be unique we must work together in unity in relationship and purpose, to see the Kingdom of heaven on earth.
Sometimes we have a hard time acknowledging that we are part of the body, and nurturing it. By nature we resist being dependent on others or having others depend on us. Paul states clearly that just as "the eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” (1 Corinthians 12:21), neither can anyone in the body of Christ say that to their brothers and sisters in Christ.
God has equipped each individual person uniquely with gifts and talents for the building up and strengthening of the body. The church and its members are one in Christ. We are called to serve Christ, each other, and the world around us.
Sometimes we need to look a little deeper to discover whether we are a kidney, or an ear. How have I been uniquely engineered to worship my creator? What are my strengths? How can others strengths help me in my weaknesses?
Need a little help?
Here are a couple of personality profiles according to different personality tests. Read through the profiles. You may find a few that you relate to, but usually one where 85% of it screams you.
DISC Personality Profiles:
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (for a more in-depth study, with 16 different profiles):
Jesus, your body, the church, is wonderfully made. We praise you for making each one of us a part of your body. May we be a blessing to your church and to your world.
Scripture to read again
1 Corinthians 12:12-31