If I were ever asked who my favorite movie character is, I would have a hard time deciding. I love the loyal sidekick, the chivalrous spy, the dry-witted comic relief. Actors can capture a character so well that it seems to epitomize them. I wouldn’t wish the Dick Van Dyke changed into a Tom Cruise because where would that leave Mary Poppins?
It is funny how we struggle so hard to understand this concept of individuality within a church setting. Paul wrote about this concept with the idea of spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12.
First of all, I have to say that the fact that we have individual gifts from God that He interprets in different ways through each person is incredible! It is like a world of actors learning to play their best role together. And yet, they have to work together.
Unity continues to be a key theme as Paul reminds them that the behind-the-scenes is as important as the keynote speaker. One part can’t tell another that they are not needed, any more than an eye could tell a foot to get lost.
“God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, 25 so that there may be no[p]division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is [q]honored, all the members rejoice with it.”
There is a leadership structure within the church, with different people complementing the whole through their own gifts. Yet it is so hard to not look over your shoulder at the next person’s talents. Paul offered to show them a better viewpoint, which will be coming up in the next chapter.
God, thank You that You have given us the power to work good in Your church, and You love to have us show a different aspect of You in our lives. That is incredible that You invite us to be a part of your big story, through our best role. You are so good. Please help me to pursue what You have called me to be in the Body of Christ, and help others to see where You are working through them. Amen.
As we pursue this unity, there is only one Way we can make it. I have found this to be a good prayer for my day.