Which part of your body is most important?
Is there really one part of your body that is more important than the other? If you had to choose, which parts of your body would you say are the essentials, which are those you could discard? Would it be your eye, ear, pink toe, left arm or right?
I think if you were to be fully honest you would agree that while you may be able to function without certain parts of your body you would not be whole if there was any part missing. You may be able to get by, but who wants to get by? You want to be able to thrive. And, in order to thrive you need every part of your body operating at optimum.Yes, there are people who have performed magnificent feats who have no arms, one leg, or are blind. For some people, it is actually those areas of loss that have caused them to strive forward with intense focus and determination. These people are honored, and rightly so. They inspire us, move us, and encourage us to not allow any limitations hold us back.
But why do we? Why is it those who are seemingly ‘whole’ who tend to allow their wholeness to be a weight rather than a catalyst?
Your body is one of the greatest gifts God has given you. It may not be exactly what you want it to be, but it is perfectly and purposefully designed by your Creator.
And, every part of your body is completely essential for the purpose God has for you. Every part is meant to be played as a specially crafted instrument to create one glorious masterpiece.
Paul, in 1 Corinthians 12, describes every part of the body as being absolutely essential to the others. And, while we tend to value the parts of the body that can be seen the most: face, eyes, hands, arms, legs, nose, etc., Paul says it is often the ones that are not seen that deserve the greatest amount of honor!
In the same way that your finger is a part of your body, you are a part of Jesus’ body. Every believer in Jesus is an integral and essential part of who he is. Paul describes it this way, he says that Jesus is the Head of the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way (Ephesians 1:22-23). This means that you are a part of Jesus’ fullness. Without you living as the part of his body that he created you to be his fullness is a little less full.
When people want to see Jesus they need to look no further than to you, to the church.
It is his body that is meant to manifest the fullness of who he is in the world today. To take yourself out of the game, to deny your gifts, to downplay the value of who you are as a part of his body is to downplay how he has chosen to manifest himself in the world today.
You are essential to Jesus, you are essential to him being reveal today. You may feel broken, but you are needed. You may feel unworthy, but you are needed. You may not want to be out in the front, but you are needed. You may feel inadequate, but you are needed. He sees each part of his body as indispensable; all are needed to him, all are wanted by him.
You are valuable, so valuable that Jesus would choose to identify you as part of his very self.