by Melissa Heiland
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 by one 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 NIV
We all know this passage about how God created us as parts of one body, designed to work together for His glory. God recently reminded me of this truth in a very concrete way. My friend Sonya and I had been asked to speak at a missions conference in Florida. One of our assignments was to do a workshop together, answering questions about short-term missions projects. However, we both came to the conference with some pronounced physical problems. Sonya had recently fallen and broken her foot, and I was suffering from long-haul COVID which had significantly affected my hearing.
The conference director called us onto the stage and Sonya was escorted by her husband because she needed to lean on him to prevent her from falling. I proceeded to explain that I was experiencing hearing loss and would need for the audience to bear with me as I struggled to hear their questions. Sonya patiently repeated the questions I could not hear, and we rejoiced as we shared about the joys of short-term missions with our fellow believers.
I was thankful that day even though Sonya was struggling to walk, and I was struggling to hear. Our challenges reminded me so clearly that God never intended for any one of us to do it all. He planned for us to rely on each other, to be strong where our brothers and sisters are weak, and to accept help when we need it.
We easily fall into the trap of trying to handle things on our own. We are slow to ask for help. Yet we function best, when we work together. The body of Christ is beautiful thing.
I am thankful that God created us to work as a team, honoring and respecting the gifts of every believer. When we work together, God is honored. Our Father rejoices when He sees His children lifting each other up, working toward one goal, bringing glory to God.
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 12:18-20 NIV
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About the author: Melissa Heiland is the Founder and President of Beautiful Feet International, a mission organization that plants pregnancy ministries around the world. She is an international speaker and author who is passionate about mommies, babies and sharing the Gospel. She has written devotionals for pregnant moms, new mothers and short-term mission teams, as well as a children’s book based on Psalm 139. She and her husband Ken have 6 children and 5 grandchildren.
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