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Feb 4 Devotion: STOP Robbing the Body of Christ

For the body is not one member, but many.  15).  And if the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?  16).  And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore of the body?  17).  If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing?  If the whole body were hearing, where were the smelling?  18).  But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.  19).  And if it were all one member, where were the body?  20).  But now are they many members, yet but one body.  21).  And the eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.  

1 CORINTHIANS 12:14-21

Every day, you get out of bed, put on clothes, and walk to the table to eat breakfast. You greet the rest of the household and maybe read the paper. A few minutes later, you drive to work at 60 m.p.h. on a strip of asphalt where other vehicles can pass by within four feet. In the first hour or so that you’re awake, your body completes thousands of complex tasks that are so routine they go unnoticed.

Our physical frame is a creation of remarkable beauty and intricacy. And while certain parts seem more attractive than others, all are useful. The body’s interdependent nature—that is, the way every part relies on other parts to perform properly—is an apt metaphor for a Christ-centered church. When believers use their gifts and talents to operate together lovingly, the whole body functions properly to the glory of God.

However, churches today are filled with people who feel insignificant. Upon seeing the successful work of others, they decide they’re not really needed or assume they haven’t got the “right” talents to make a worthwhile contribution. Those are lies from the Devil. When his misguidance succeeds—which is all too often—he manages to get one more Christian to back away in hopes that someone else will do the Lord’s work.

Hanging back instead of seeking a place to serve is a form of thievery: you’re robbing the Lord’s church—His people—of your unique contribution. Your role might be small or go unnoticed, but it is vital to Jesus Christ and to the smooth functioning of His body on earth.

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