For as in one body we have many members and the members do not all have the same function, so we though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one to another. Romans 12:4-5 (ESV).
I am pretty awful at crafting, and on a semi regular basis find myself at women’s events where a small crafting project is included. You might say “I’m all thumbs.” So instead of wasting product and time, I usually opt out of these activities. I have no talent for this hobby, so I simply admire what others can do. Paul’s analogy in these verses is clear. He wants us to stop and acknowledge the fact that though the human body is one unit, it is comprised of many parts which make the whole. Each member a unique contribution in their own way. Each member a functioning part of the whole. And like the human body, the Body of Christ (the church) is made up of many people.
In this passage, Paul is simply stating that all members have a part to play, a distinctive function. But maybe you don’t know what your role is, if so, please know: God loves you, even while you are trying to figure out what you are called to. Just because I have no talent for crafting, does not disqualify me to participate in other ways. (I can usually find one or two others who have no crafting ability, and we can visit around our commonality). Truth? I usually have a good laugh with my non-crafting friends over our craft-ineptness.
God lovingly created all people matchless, each with their own gifts and talents specific to each individual’s calling. Maybe it is time to think about what excites or upsets you? The way you answer this, could reveal an area of potential involvement. As you take your next breath, remind yourself that God has a plan and purpose for you to fulfill. As you exhale, praise Him, and express gratitude for His love, creativity, and infinite wisdom. For He is loving Father to us all. He does not want us frazzled, worried, or harried over what our part is. You are too precious and too valuable, not to live in the fullness of everything God has for you.
Father, thank you for making me for a specific plan and purpose. Thank you for creating me to be part of other people’s lives. I ask your forgiveness for comparing my abilities with other’s. Please help me to see the part you have given me to do, and show me how I might do my part with excellence. I love you Lord. Amen.
Remember, you are greatly loved and valued just the way you are. And you are created for a special purpose.