For just as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body—so also is Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and we were all given one Spirit to drink. Indeed, the body is not one part but many. If the foot should say, “Because I’m not a hand, I don’t belong to the body,” it is not for that reason any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I’m not an eye, I don’t belong to the body,” it is not for that reason any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God has arranged each one of the parts in the body just as he wanted. And if they were all the same part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
Pastor John’s Notes:
It is easy for us to compare ourselves with other believers and feel deficient, but this passage is a remedy. We’ve learned that the Spirit gives gifts just as he chooses. Now we see that God arranges our activity in the Body of Christ just as he wants. This should arrest any feeling among the members of the Body that, “I don’t really belong.” We must dispense any thought of self-deprecation and set in its place a humble but firm resolve that we belong.
It is you, Lord, that has made me part of the Body of Christ and given me gifts to use for your kingdom. Teach me to expel any thought that leads me to believe I don’t belong. Replace it with the deep joy of knowing that I am an indispensable part of the body and have a role to play in your great kingdom.