“For just as the body is a unity and yet has many parts, and all the parts, though many, form [only] one body, so it is with Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
For by [means of the personal agency of] one [Holy] Spirit we were all, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free, baptized [and [by baptism united together] into one body, and all made to drink of one [Holy] Spirit.
For the body does not consist of one limb or organ but of many.
If the foot should say, Because I am not the hand, I do not belong to the body, would it be therefore not [a part] of the body?
If the ear should say, Because I am not the eye, I do not belong to the body, would it be therefore not [a part] of the body?
If the whole body were an eye, where [would be the sense of] hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where [would be the sense of] smell?
But as it is, God has placed and arranged the limbs and organs in the body, each [particular one] of them, just as He wished and saw fit and with the best adaptation.
But if [the whole] were all a single organ, where would the body be?
And now there are [certainly] many limbs and organs, but a single body.
And the eye is not able to say to the hand, I have no need of you, nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
But instead, there is [absolute] necessity for the parts of the body that are considered the more weak.
And those [parts] of the body which we consider rather ignoble are [the very parts] which we invest with additional honor, and our unseemly parts and those unsuitable for exposure are treated with seemliness (modesty and decorum),
Which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so adjusted (mingled, harmonized, and subtly proportioned the parts of) the whole body, giving the greater honor and richer endowment to the inferior parts which lack [apparent importance],
So that there should be no division or discord or lack of adaptation [of the parts of the body to each other], but the members all alike should have a mutual interest in and care for one another.
And if one member suffers, all the parts [share] the suffering; if one member is honored, all the members [share in] the enjoyment of it.
Now you [collectively] are Christ’s body and [individually] you are members of it, each part severally and distinct [each with his own place and function].” 1 Cor 12:12-27 – NIV
I was hit today by another example of greed at its finest and the sheer lack and concern that people in power or not have for their fellow human beings. Now don’t get me wrong, this isn’t going to be some “down with those in power!” post. Honestly when we look around and take in what society has become, I can’t help but also view my fingerprints on the steering wheel.
I think as God places in our lives opportunities to humble ourselves, and to know that the purpose of our lives is to not run after the next thrill, or even better yet how we can keep up with the Jones, but instead it’s to look around and know that we are all part of a great and wonderful picture that our Master and Father is creating. We are all part of His “Art” that is skillfully and masterfully designed. Some of us are the canvas while others are the brushes and paint. Nevertheless we are ALL necessary to create and produce His vision of perfection. It is only when we lose sight of the fact that not one piece is more important than the other, or without having the yellow AND the blue, there would be no green.
So the next time it comes to mind that what I have going on or what is important to my small part of the canvas, that there are many other moving parts being intertwined creating God’s perfect and precious Masterpiece.
Be Forever Blessed,