"So the body is not one part but many." 1 Cor 12:14
Do you look like a boy with a puff of blonde hair on your head, who likes to ware the same striped shirt all the time? Do you like to eat a lot, and play outside? Do you like skunks and want one for a pet? Does your bedroom get so messy you can’t get in it and you always seem to be getting in trouble? Do you like to be mean to your sister? If you do, you might be Harold Peterson.
Do you look like a boy whose hair is black, short and curly and your skin is kind of black too? Do you like to read the Bible and memorize verses? Do you like to help people and make them feel good? Do you find your self getting in trouble because of your best friend Harold? If you do, you might be Barney Lee.
Maybe you’re not a boy but a girl. Are you a girl with long blonde hair who’s just crazy about boys unless the boy is her brother? Are you a girl who likes to talk and talk and talk? Are you a girl who thinks she always knows better than others and sometimes even God? If you are, you might be Harold’s sister Stella Peterson.
Are you a girl with long brown hair with bows in it? Are you kind of shy and don’t like to talk much? Are you often getting words mixed up when you do talk? Are you able to put up with your best friend always doing the talking and still be her friend? If you are, you might be Stella’s good friend Bernadette Henderson.
Maybe you're orphaned like Louie Blackwood and covered with freckles and never seemed to get noticed. Maybe your really old like the Greys. Maybe you live on a farm like the McDonalds or you live in town like the Miller twins. Or, maybe you’re just like you. From the Bible we can learn that God not only made us but He made us all different.
In 1 Corinthians 12, the apostle Paul talks about the body and how it is made up of parts that are different,yet different for a reason.
So the body is not one part but many. If the foot should say, “Because I’m not a hand, I don’t belong to the body,” in spite of this it still belongs to the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I’m not an eye, I don’t belong to the body,” in spite of this it still belongs to the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But now God has placed the parts, each one of them, in the body just as He wanted. And if they were all the same part, where would the body be? Now there are many parts, yet one body. So the eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” nor again the head to the feet, “I don’t need you!”
1 Corinthians 12:14-21 (HCSB)
When you look at your own body, does your eye look like an elbow? Does your foot work like a tongue? Imagine taking your shoes off to talk. Would you always have bad breath? Are your fingers like a bunch of noses that run when you get a cold? What if you stomach decided to take over the job of pumping blood through you body? Sounds silly doesn’t it?
Who made your foot your foot? Who made your hands your hands? Who made your stomach your stomach? Who placed them where they are? All parts of the body are needed, but not only are they needed they are needed where God put them.
Just like our body parts are different from each other so we are different from each other. and we're different on purpose. Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if we were all the same, if everybody was just like you, or me. I admit that there are times I wish there were more people around just like me but if there were would everything get done that needed to get done.? Would we be able to get along with our-self? Would we get bored with each other?
Here's Something to Ponder
- Are you striving to be who God made you to be
- Are you using your unique talents/gifts/abilities in a way that pleases God.