Think about your body for a second. If you had the choice, would you rather get rid of your brain or your heart? Your mouth or your stomach? You wouldn’t want to get rid of anything! Every part of our body was designed by God to perform a specific function, to fulfill a purpose, and none of those purposes aren’t important.
In Romans 12:1-6, the Church, Jesus’ group of followers, is compared to a single human body:
“… dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.”
What is the purpose of the different parts of our bodies? To work together in their roles to keep us alive! And it’s the same with the body of Christ, the Church. If I play my part, you play yours, and everyone works together, then we’ll have a fully functioning body.
But that’s not how it works, is it? Too many of us aren’t walking in the purpose God designed for our lives. We may feel like we aren’t important in God’s plan, so why bother trying? Or, we may get so caught up in comparing ourselves to other parts of the body, thinking we’re so much better or worse than them, that we forget about fulfilling our own role.
The purpose of the Church is the same for everyone, but how that is played out looks different for each of us. The role God designed my part of the body to play is different than what He created you to do, even though we’re working towards the same goal. We can’t do our parts alone. What good is a heart without blood to be pumped into it? The whole Church is held back when we don’t walk in the plan God made for our lives, but when we step up to do what He has set out for us to do, we will begin to see amazing things happen in our own lives, in our communities, and throughout the world.