Many Parts, One Body

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In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul encourages Christians to support each other and develop their gifts because they’re all parts of the same body. Yet, some of us still struggle to find our place within the body or feel we don’t have a valued place. The idea that some “body parts” are more highly valued than others is simply untrue. So how can we develop our talents to discover our place in the body of Christ?

Have a Vision

Finding our purpose starts with a vision. Take running in a race as an example. It’s fine to run, but what are we running for? Is it to care for and nurture the earthly form that Christ gave us? Is it to support a cause that means something to us, like raising money to fight disease? Both of these are good reasons, and both answer the question: “Why?”. It’s important to seek the answer to the same question when finding our place in the body of Christ.

But how do we find this vision? Habakkuk 2:3 says, “Write the vision and make it plain upon tables of stone that he may run that reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie; though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” Vision can be achieved through prayer. Strengthen your relationship to Christ through prayer, and your purpose will come to you.

Each of Us Has a Unique Place

The part of the body destined to each of us is wholly unique. We begin our journey to the body of Christ by being baptized by the Holy Spirit into it. If we haven’t been baptized, we’re unable to begin that voyage. Once we’ve been baptized into the family of Christ, we can discover our place within it. Connecting with Christ through scripture is an essential step in finding our unique position in His body.

Spend Time With Other Followers

Connect with other members of the body of Christ on a regular basis. Attending church and Bible study allows us to explore where we belong. As you’re lifted up in fellowship and your relationship with Christ, your spot in His body will naturally come to you.

In the meantime, practice the work of God and be faithful to his teachings. Contribute regularly to your church. Consume the word of God, and spread it to others. Live humbly, and use only what you need. The more you strive to live a Christ-like life, the closer you will come to Him. Only then will you find your destined place within Christ’s body.

Often, our call to serve Christ is directly linked to our talents. Work to discover these gifts, and think about how you can apply them to serve in the body of our Lord. Some of us are naturally gifted speakers, for example, so our place in the body may be to spread the word of Christ. Others are called to serve through healing or caring for the sick. Explore your talents, and you’ll find your place in the body of Christ.

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