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1 Corinthians 12:12-31

Being a Part of the Whole

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1 Corinthians 12:12-31

Being a Part of the Whole

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Our lesson today gives us a lot to think about. In the Bible the apostle, Paul tells us that just as our bodies have many parts, “so it is with Christ.”

Paul gives us examples so we can understand what he means. If your foot says “I am not a hand so I don’t belong to this body” what would you say? Your reply would probably be: I need you foot so I can walk. You are as important as my hand.

Then the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to this body.” Again you would feel that you need both – eyes to see and ears to hear. Both are important.

Paul asks us to think about this: What if your whole body was an eye? Wow, what a silly thing to think about, but it helps us understand that we need all the parts of our body to be able to see and hear and feel and smell and taste.

When you become a Christian you are an important part of what the Bible calls “the body of Christ” (12:27). Just as God arranged all the parts of our wonderful bodies, God also arranges us as parts of his body (his church). We are each born with different abilities and talents. When we use our talents we are like parts of a body, all working together to serve and bless others.

Some of you have lovely voices and like to sing or read to others. Some of you are good at building things and working in the garden. Some of you are friendly and know how to make people feel comfortable. Some of you are leaders and others are teachers. The list can go on and on.

Each one of us can find something for which we have a special talent. Think about what it is that you do well, something you love doing, then use your gift. You will fit together with other Christians into the “body of Christ” and you will make a big difference in your own life and the lives of others.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2012, Richard Niell Donovan