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Talking Body

“Now all of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:27 NLT

 

The bible states over and over again that we, Christians, are the body of Christ. The body of Christ, that’s kind of a weird analogy. But lets really take a look at this. Like a body, we Christians all have a purpose. We were all created to have a function on this earth that will help the church. We each have a calling in this life that will further God’s kingdom.

Now, like a human body, not every part of the body of Christ is as glamorous as others, (nobody wants to be the colon…) but they are each one just as important as the others. The bible says, “But God made our bodies with many parts, and he has put each part just where he wants it.” 1 Corinthians 12:18 NLT. I know a lot of us would love to be the fiery preacher on stage, when in fact God may be calling us to drive the church bus full of seniors to pick apples. But we must not look down on these parts of the body, or feel bad when we are not called to be the “glamorous” parts of the body. Each part is essential for a healthy body.  “In fact, some of the parts that seem the weakest and least important are really the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect from the eyes of others those parts that should not be seen, while other parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together in such a way that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other equally.” 1 Corinthians 12:22-24 NLT.

The problem that we run into today in the church is that a lot of Christians are simply not functioning the way God intended. It doesn’t work very well when your hand tries to act like a foot! We can’t pick and choose what part of the body we want to be, rather we must step into what God has called us to be. So how do we know what God has called us to be? How do we know if we are a foot, or a hand, or an eye? Well, to put it simply, you jump in! Start serving, start volunteering, see where your talents are. Try to pick up a cup with your ear or write with your feet, you’ll soon realize what and where your calling is. Some are called to be greeters, some worship leaders, and others are called to full time ministry. My point is to get out there and try! The church is always in need of more volunteers. Who knows, you may just be the next mouth of the church….or possibly the colon.

Say what?

The book of Genesis has a lot going on. I’m only 11 chapters in and I’ve already read about the creation of the world and man, the fall of man, the first murder, Noah’s ark and the flood, and I’m pretty sure Genesis is Gods version of ancestry.com. Like I said there’s a lot going on. I think the Tower of Babel in chapter 11 is pretty interesting though. The opening verse says in Genesis 11:1 NKJV, “Now the whole earth had one language and one speech.” As awesome as some of the other languages are in other parts of the world, it would be a whole lot easier if we still had just one language. We could go anywhere in the world and communicate. I’ve had the privilege to travel to different countries over the years and one thing I can say is that if you don’t know the basics, it’s almost impossible to ask simple questions, such as, “where’s the bathroom?” So, what did we do with the ability to understand everyone on earth? We did what everyone would do in this situation. We tried to build a tower to show how awesome we are. Genesis 11:4 NKJV, “And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” They wanted to make a name for themselves. I catch myself doing the same thing from time to time (bragging, not building a tower to heaven). I’ll do something cool and the next thing I know I talking about how awesome I am. For example, I went 40-11 in BLOPS2 the other day (which is really good for me) so what did I start doing, talking smack. Very next round I got owned by a bunch of try hards (this is all video game talk if you got lost there). Back to the story, once God came down to see the city I think He was a little upset that all the people of earth had this amazing gift of understanding and this is what they chose to do. Genesis 11:8-9 NKJV, “So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. Therefore the name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.” If we can take anything from this story it’s the simple fact that nobody likes a bragger. The bible says that we are all given gifts. Some can talk to large crowds, some can write, some have a gift of just being a good listener. Whatever our gifts, it’s clear that we should use them for the greater good, not exploit them for our own personal gain.