“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.” 1 Corinthians 12:12-14
So my husband and I can be total opposites. Give us a topic and we can find a way to disagree on it. We (playfully) argue all of the time. It’s just our relationship.
He chooses coffee. I choose tea. He likes to run. I like to sit on the couch. He eats his vegetables. I… ummm… choose to skip the healthy stuff. He is more serious. I am more crazy. He has common sense. I do stupid things all the time. He prefers working with adults. I absolutely adore working with kids. He likes to wake up early. I like to lay in bed. He likes camping. Please let me have my hotel. He is an amazing cook. Give me time and I’m sure I can burn water. (I feel like this list shows that I really did marry up…sorry Reinier. You’re stuck with me!)
I can pretty much go on and on about things that we differ in. And it wasn’t a shock when we got married. We knew that God had put two opposite people together when we were dating. It’s what makes us love each other…and drive each other crazy…all at the same time. 🙂
So when I read this scripture about the body being made up of many parts, it totally makes sense to me.
My husband and I might not agree on everything. We aren’t good at the same things. We have different strengths and different weaknesses. And you know what? That’s the way it should be!
Just like Reinier and I are now one, we, as the body of Christ are one! We have different functions and responsibilities. We have different interests and callings. One is a leg, while the other is an arm. I can be the left nostril, while you are the right big toe.
People might drive us crazy sometime, but God has a design and a purpose for each of us.
I am called to children’s ministry and missions work. You could feel the most satisfied when working with the elderly. Some of you, God has put in the workplace, while others are working within the church. Some are called to the streets of India, while others are called to the streets of Houston. We all have different places, different callings, different interests.
But as the body of Christ, we are working together for one purpose. One goal. And that’s to see the name of Jesus glorified.
So, I want to encourage you today to do your part in the body of Christ. You are wanted. You are needed. Let’s do this…together.
P.S. If you would like to be a part of what is going on here in Madagascar, we would love to have you as part of our support team. To find out more, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. For USA donations, you can go to http://www.worldoutreach.org/donations and find Kristen’s name on the list. Or simply mail your gift to World Outreach Ministries, PO Box B Marietta, GA 30061 and designate it to Kristen Evans #441. For South African donations, The account is under Reinier Vorster, ABSA Cheque Account, Account Number: 4061932759.Thank you!