An individual lego piece doesn't seem like that big of a deal. A single block really has very little value. You can't build anything with one piece and there are very few, if any, ideas of how you could creatively do something special with a single block. But this single block changes when all of the sudden you begin adding other blocks into the picture. A single block when combined with hundreds of other single blocks has virtually an unlimited amount of possibilities. The single block could be used as a piece of a rocket ship, a race car, or something completely different. Individually the impact of a single piece of lego is very small, but combined with many other pieces the impact has massive potential.
In the body of Christ, we each come with our unique gifts and personalities; not one of us being exactly like another. Individually we certainly can make a difference, but the impact that we can have is much greater when we are a part of something bigger than ourselves. As Christians we make up the body of Christ; we each are a small part of a much greater body. As Christians we are one small piece that when combined with the other unique pieces form the body of Christ, the Christian Church.
"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 byone 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." - 1 Corinthians 12:12-14
Together we are greater than we are individually. Together we are one body and we each make up a unique and critical part of the body.
Each Piece Matters
In a complicated lego structure, every piece matters. They matter differently, but they all matter the same. Some pieces matter because they visually help the legos look the way they were envisioned to look. Other pieces, while they cannot be seen, provide a structure that helps prevent the legos from toppling over. Each piece has an important function; each function not exactly the same as another, but each function equally as important to the overall structure. The same is true in the body of Christ. We each bring unique value to the body, none exactly the same as the person next to us.
"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." - 1 Corinthians 12:15-20
What gifts do you have and how are they a part of the body of Christ? How are you using your personality, your talents, and your passions as an important piece in the body?
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