Together in One Accord
Sir Godfrey Gregg
18 But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. 19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part! 20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” 22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. 23 And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, 24 while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. 25 This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. 26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.
1 Corinthians 12:18-26
If you have ever broken a finger or a toe, or even received a tiny paper cut on your hand, perhaps you can relate to just how important even the smallest, seemingly insignificant parts of our bodies can be. It would be ridiculous for us to shun one body part over another. In fact, 1 Corinthians 12:22 states that sometimes the seemingly weakest and most insignificant parts are actually the most necessary. We are uniquely designed to serve God in tandem.
Have you read the book Radical written by David Plaitt, and he stated that, “The message of biblical Christianity is not God loves me, … but rather the message of biblical Christianity is God loves me so that I might make Him – His ways, His salvation, His glory, and His greatness – known among all nations.” If your church is to come together to make His Name great, it will require all of us working in unison to make His Name great – not our name great. It means sometimes I might need to be silent while others talk, defer to the wisdom of someone else, do a task for which I will get no credit, delight in the worship of others even if it is not my preferred style, and most of all be delighted if someone else is successful in making His Name great.
In what ways have you been guilty of pursuing your own renown instead of God’s renown? Is there anything you need to ask God and/or a person in your church to forgive you for in this regard?
How can you support someone else in his/her efforts to serve God? How can you validate someone who you see serving God effectively even though some may perceive their efforts to be insignificant?