Reading: I Corinthians 12: 3b-13 (Click to read text)
The body needs an eye, and the eye needs a body. Think about this: An eyeless body can cope but a bodyless eye cannot. You can get along in life without eyes. You will need to make adjustments, rely on other senses and depend on friends and or perhaps a seeing-eye dog for extra help. You can manage but you will still miss the visual part of our world.
Think again then, an eyeless body can cope, but a bodyless eye cannot. Eyes detached from a body are lifeless and do not function or serve their purpose. Eyes need a body to bring them blood and receive nerve impulses.
The beginning of our reading is more about spiritual gifts. It is the last couple verses that start into One Body with Many Members (Parts). Still, the whole chapter together reminds us of our many and varied gifts; our many and varied purposes. Every part makes a significant contribution to the whole. When a gift or a part is missing, the whole is lacking something. Likewise, a gift or a part all by itself cannot function to its fullest.
Now think about Paul's list of spiritual gifts. Which are prominent in your church? Which are overlooked? How do you fit in? How does everyone fit in? --Ruth Gates, frequent Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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