One Day at a Time Devotional
If you are anything like me, you rarely pay attention to your toes. After all, they are not very attractive, they sometimes smell, they collect sock fuzz, it takes a lot of nail polish and trimming to make them somewhat presentable and it is a great amount of effort just to bend over and reach them. So, who needs them, right?
Well, if you’ve done your study on this highly intelligent topic, and who hasn’t, then you’ll know that the smallest and uncomely members of our bodies are very important! The toes keep us balanced. Without our toes, particularly the big toe, we would have to learn how to walk again, as if we were under a year old. In addition, our toes enable us to speed up our movement. If we only had the balls of our feet, we would find it very difficult to run and achieve greater distances in a short amount of time. So, why are we discussing toes?
The Bible in I Corinthians 12 explains that as members of the church and the body of Christ, we each have an important role whether great or small, “22Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:” In the verses proceeding, we are given examples of how each body part (hands, eyes, ears) is necessary and each part is a member of one and the same body. When one is lacking, there is a noticeable deficit with life and work being hindered.
The significance to this simple, but important passage is this; each of you are important to the body of Christ and the church. There is no person or ministry that is not needed, without you in your proper place, there is imbalance and God’s work slows. Just as the big toe is needed for balance to prevent the body from falling, you are needed in your place to do the same for the Lord. When you are fulfilling God’s will in your life, you edify (lift up) the church and the Lord.
Throughout my years of service to the Lord within the church, I have had many roles. Many of them I have held at the same time, for instance, I have cleaned bathrooms and port-o-potties, served in the nursery, served as a helper in children’s classes, sanded walls for the new construction of a church building, bookkeeper, taught the toddler class, taught the elementary Sunday school class, painted, decorated, taught teen girls, taught the women’s ministry, organized different events for conferences and banquets, choir and ensembles, moved furniture, mopped and dusted the church building, and the list goes on. Some of them were fun and I looked forward to them, others were not so fun and I dreaded, but each of them I was able to do and each task or role was needed. Certainly there were some roles or tasks that were not so glorious, while others brought more notoriety.
Now, take a look at I Corinthians 12:23, “And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.” As mentioned before, I rarely notice my toes, but there came a time when one in particular was all I thought about it. When turning to leave the bathroom one day, my baby toe on my left foot caught the edge of the door frame and was dislocated. All of sudden, that was the most important part of my body and in my opinion it was definitely needed. It was a reminder to me, that it was important and without it there would be pain. When you leave your role in the church and the body of Christ, whether great or small, it causes pain. You are important and needed. God has gifted each of us uniquely and it is His desire to use your gifts for his work within the church. Although, cleaning bathrooms is not a glorious position, everyone appreciates a clean one. Although nursery is not always fun, a baby appreciates a clean diaper and the mother appreciates hearing the preaching of God’s Word.
So, why belabor the point? For this reason, God has tempered (melted or joined us into His required condition) to prevent division (schism) within the church. It is not about us as individuals and what we can do, but it is all about Christ and what He can do through us together! If we allow God to work through us as a body, God’s work is accomplished efficiently and quickly, but it takes each member.
I Corinthians 12: 24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked.
25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.”
When we realize our gifts and roles within the body of Christ and the church, we can work, care, suffer, be honored, give honor and rejoice together for the edifying of Christ, I Corinthians 3:9 “ For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.”
If you are feeling stuck in your walk with God or your role within the church or body of Christ, remember, you are important! If you have not yet found a place to serve God within His local church, now is the time to use your gifts to edify Christ.