“Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”

(1 Corinthians 12: 4-7, NLT)  4 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. 5 There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. 6 God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.  7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.

There’s something you need to know:  God does not need your help.  He doesn’t need my help either — or anyone else’s for that matter!  At some point, over the thousands of years since God created the entire universe, we have adopted this delusion that He somehow needs us…but that’s just not the case.  God didn’t create Adam and Eve because He needed some assistance.  He created them because He wanted to — because He wanted us.  Our God desired communion and dialogue — friendship and interaction.  We are here simply because of His love.  So don’t be mistaken.  Yes, we all have a job to do.  We’ve been created individually, with a specific directive and purpose in mind, but that purpose is to help one another…not God!  He made you exactly the way that you are, and no…there is not one other person like you, nor will there ever be…but if you choose not to serve your purpose, God will move on to someone who is willing to serve His body.  We are each a small, yet essential, part of a grand and complex system that is meant to work seamlessly as one to achieve a higher purpose.  In order to accomplish this mission, we must work together as one body, one mind, and one spirit.  So no, I’m sorry but it’s true, God doesn’t need you.  But I do.  And you need me too. 

(1 Corinthians 12: 18-21, NLT) 18 But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. 19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part! 20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”

It’s like when someone is having an awkward or clumsy day and says, “I’m all thumbs today!”  Well, that’s because a person with only thumbs would be awfully awkward and impaired!  The same goes for the body of Christ.  We can’t all be the same and do the same things.  We were created diverse because we were meant to complement one another, each of us serving a specific function, supporting the greater good of all.  We don’t need a body that is made up of only teachers, or only exhorters, only helpers, or only leaders.  We need a body that is a mixed bag of every good thing that God has put into His children…because we have a job to do, and not one can do it alone. 

So if you don’t know your purpose, if you have never discovered the gift that God has placed within you that will enable you to fulfill your duty to not only God, but also your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, I implore you today…seek it out!  Look to God’s word, and reach out to Him in prayer, for therein lies the key that will unlock your desire for, and the revelation of, God’s momentous plan for you.  Don’t miss out on your purpose because you are too busy competing with another thumb…when all along you are really a big toe and needed desperately down on the foot!  Everyone knows how special big toes are…we’d fall all over the place without them!  You’re important, no doubt, but you’ll never know just how significant you are if you’re in the wrong place doing the wrong thing all the time!  All I’m saying, and what God’s word tells us, is that you have to get wise and get to work.  We need you!  So stop piddling around!  We have work to do!

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, thank You for Your plan for my life.  Help me to stay true to who I am…to who You have created me to be…in all that I do.  I know that I am fearfully and wonderfully made, and that I am an integral part of Your body.  I accept myself as You have made me…whether I’m a thumb or a big toe, a brain or a heart…and I will always seek to give the best of myself to further Your kingdom and fulfill Your calling.  I love and trust You, Lord, and I surrender myself to You…fully.  Amen.

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