Chapter-a-Day 1 Corinthians 12

Dsc_0146You are Christ’s body—that’s who you are! You must never forget this. Only as you accept your part of that body does your "part" mean anything. 1 Corinthians 12:27 (TM)

I love theatre and have performed in productions since I was a kid. It always amazes me that people get bent out of shape when they don’t get an "important" part in the play. I absolutely love getting small roles. They take less time. There aren’t as many lines to memorize. You can spend more time developing your small part so that the few moments you have on stage really shine.

I’ve heard of the 80-20 rule and the 90-10 rule when it comes to churches. Both are variations of the same phenomonon. The rules state that "10 or 20 percent of the people do 80 or 90 percent of the work." I’ve found the principle to be pretty accurate. In some cases it may be because a few people are trying to play all the major roles. It may also be that a lot of people refuse to play any role at all or don’t know that they have a role to play.

I believe we have forgotten what today’s verse told us never to forget. Each and every person in the Body of Christ (yes, even you) has an important part to play as God, our illustrious Director, has doled out the parts. It’s important that we accept the part we’ve been given. It’s vital that we seek out the giftedness God has given each of us to perform our particular part. We must then diligently and faithfully do our part well.

Sad to say, but most churches or church leaders are not going to tap us on the shoulder and lead us through the process. We must step up and say, "Here I am!"

One thought on “Chapter-a-Day 1 Corinthians 12”

  1. For no matter how significant you are, it is only because of what you are a part of.
    This should be preached from the pulpit when everyone is present. Christians sometimes elevate ourselves to be something bigger than we really are in God’s service. The reality is that without the other members of the Body with Christ at the head…none of this service would be possible. We all have different gifts that we bring to the table. I am guilty of not always remembering that.

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