SATURDAY June 2, 2018
Placed How God Pleases
If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. And if they were all one member, where would the body be?
1 Corinthians 12:17-19
Paul used the subject of the complete anatomy of the body to help the Corinthians understand how they function, in unity, as a part of the body of Christ. The human body is not fully composed of just an eye or an ear––that would be senseless. It could not operate that way. In a human body, all five senses are very much needed. Neither could the Church operate this way; everyone is needed.
Many people become dissatisfied because they desire a different gift. Some people in the body wish they were a hand instead of an ear, and they come to a place of murmuring and complaining. Yet every part of the body has been placed together by Christ––as He sees fit. He knows exactly wherever each person belongs. So be satisfied and content where God has placed you, otherwise if you are discontent, you will create problems in the body of Christ.
Understand what God’s Word declares in this verse: God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. Underline this phrase and memorize it; make it a Gospel truth in your life––seriously. It is not what pleases you! Learn that, so you do not get outside of your boundaries and want to be in somebody else’s place or covet their spiritual gift. Then as a part of any church, you will not have problems serving in any ministry.
Whatever ability a faithful Christian may possess, he ought to possess it for his fellow believers, and he ought to make his own interest subservient to the wellbeing of the church in all sincerity.
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