Read I Corinthians 12:1-27

Are you missing a part of your body?  Maybe you have had surgery to remove something.  I know people who have had their gallbladder removed, their appendix, spleen, small intestine, or large intestine taken out.  I had my tonsils removed when I was three.  I have been able to continue to function without them… I can still talk, yell, and whisper quite well.  I can’t sing very well… but I don’t think that has anything to do with my tonsils.

Paul likens the church to a body.  All the parts are separate and different.  However, just like the body is put together to function as a unit, so the church is to function together… because God has brought us together to accomplish His purpose.  We have no right to want to be a different part of the body (12:15-16).  According to this section, we also have no right to tell a person that they cannot be a part of our body (12:21).  God is the one who has put the body together… it is the Holy Spirit who has determined which gift(s) you might receive.

We need to work on bringing the body together so that we can accomplish what He wants.  What is your role in this?  Are you willing to join us (the body) in doing what God wants?