Have you ever felt that you were getting nowhere in your service for our Lord? I have felt that I was working hard, doing what I believed that I had been called to do, but there did not seem to be any fruit for that labor.
The reality is, however, that we don’t have to comprehend the full impact of our labors. That is not what the Lord has for us to know at this time. Paul said it like this:
“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.”
1 Corinthians 13:12
There are times when we look at others and it seems their Christian walk is easier, more fruitful, just better than our own. Such comparison often results in discouragement; or, conversely, it may result in the sin of pride as we consider ourselves to be on the winning side of that comparison.
I love it when Paul uses an understandable analogy to illustrate a spiritual lesson. He talks about our physical bodies in 1 Corinthians 12:
“For the body does not consist of one member but of many. … But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.”
1 Corinthians 12:14, 18-20 ESV
This is true – we are all more than one eyelash or one toe. We have many parts that make up our physical bodies. And some of the parts, organs for example, don’t even get a passing thought unless disease strikes.
Then Paul gets to his point – the body of Christ.
“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.”
1 Corinthians 12:27-28
Just as our bodies have different parts with different functions, so the body of Christ has different parts with different roles assigned to each Christian.
The glorious thought, and that which thrills my soul, is what Paul expressed to the believers in the church at Ephesus:
“There is one body and one Spirit–just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call–one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
No matter what role we have or how insignificant our role appears to us, God sees the whole picture and He has decreed that there is one body, the Church, which is unified in our Lord and in God the Father through the Holy Spirit.
I have not gone crazy — the pictures inserted in the post have meaning. They don’t look like much individually, do they? In fact, for some of them you can’t even tell what you are looking at! But, put them together …
and you will see a beautiful picture of the snow-capped mountains in Oregon.
Beloved, lift your eyes and look to the Savior. Let the Spirit show you your role in the body of Christ. Whatever it is, do your work to the glory of God and for the furtherance of His kingdom. God will use you to create the glorious picture that He has decreed for you from the foundation of the world. Ephesians 1:4-6, Matthew 25:34.
Father, thank You for Your Spirit who guides and instructs in the way we are to live and in the work that we are to do for the kingdom of our Savior, Jesus Christ.