One Piece of a Greater Puzzle

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"Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it." - 1 Corinthians 12:12-26

The most important thing we can do is to personally surrender our lives to God. Once we surrender to the Savior, we must then flesh out our faith in fellowship with others. We see that in Romans 12:4-5: “Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”

In Romans, 1 Corinthians, Ephesians, and Colossians, Paul makes over 30 references to the church by using the analogy of a human body. Just as our bodies need care and attention, so too, the church can only be healthy and experience growth when everything is brought into balance and properly exercised.

If we are truly one with our Lord, and are Holy Ghost minded, then desiring salvation for all people and caring for one another, becomes our focus.

Imagine a piece of a jigsaw puzzle. This is a reminder that you are a valuable part of God’s picture for this church. One reason some of people might not be caring for others like they should is because they might feel disconnected from the community of believers. True caring flows out of connectedness, and when we care we become more connected. We’re in this together.

Did you realize that every snapshot of the church in the New Testament is a group picture?

The Apostle Paul stayed in Corinth eighteen months working through the many problems that divided the Corinthian church. Paul tells the people of Corinth that it’s time to get into spiritual shape by doing some body building. His basic point is that we are all linked together as pieces of a puzzle. And as such, our linkage means that we are bound to “live life together” and to care for one another.

Each piece is part of a united whole, but is not uniform. We see this in verse 14: “Now the body is not made up of one part but of many.” Just as our human bodies are one unit made up of many individual ingredients, so too, the body of Christ is an entity with a plethora of pieces.

God has placed you as a strategic piece in His kingdom work. You are an important part of the success and effectiveness of the church. Everyone else is depending on you to be present and to carry out your function. Did you ever work on a puzzle for hours and then discover that one of the pieces is missing? It’s not a good feeling. Don’t be that missing piece. Make the commitment as we wrap up this year, to surrender to the Savior, to accept the guidance of the Holy Ghost, and to become a part of the caring community called the church. You’ll be glad you did.

Holy Spirit, I know that I am just one piece in a greater puzzle, Your Kingdom. Help me to understand my worth not just to you, but to others. And, Lord, help me to share Your love and grace with others, that they might also feel of worth. Help me to offer You to those I meet. Amen
May 3 2019