The eyes are an amazing body part. Their capabilities and general makeup are incredible. A body without functioning eyes is lacking in a big way. No offense to those who are blind, but I don’t think a blind person would argue that it is less than ideal to not be able to see a sunrise or sunset. It is a tragedy to not be able to see their baby’s eyes. It is difficult to not be able to take in such breathtaking scenes like the Rocky Mountains or the Pacific Ocean. Truly, the eyes are magnificent and a huge blessing from God.
When the eyes don’t work, every other body part has to switch into overdrive. Every other sense has to work even harder to keep the body functioning properly and safe from danger. The hands have to feel extra well. The feet have to move extra carefully. The ears have to listen even harder for the smallest sound. All other senses have to take on more because they’re trying to compensate for the lack of sight.
What body wouldn’t be better off with functioning eyes, ears, hands, feet, nose, mouth…brain, heart, lungs? Our bodies are such amazing creations and miss out when one part won’t function in the capacity it was created for.
Of course, we learn ways to cope and technology has greatly improved our abilities to do so. As humans, we have the gift of compassion. Not one person would ever be left behind due to his or her inability to see, hear, smell, walk…etc. However, the hands will never be able to see as well as functioning eyes. The ears will never be able to pick up on the most amazing colors. The nose will never be able to experience the true beauty of a newborn baby…really…especially the nose.
1 Corinthians 12 says:
“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 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. 14Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
15 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. 16 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. 17 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? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.”
As you might have guessed it by now, I am referring to the body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12 (before and after this passage) talks about spiritual gifts. Some of us are gifted in one way while others may be gifted in another. I am not a great “prayer warrior.” My prayers tend to be short and awkward…like talking to a friend. Really informal and pretty simple. My mother-in-law, however, is an amazing pray-er. She knows just what to say and her heart loves to pray at every moment. It seems to be her constant desire morning, noon, and night. Because of this great gift, she volunteers on the prayer team at church. My father-in-law loves to do yard work. I know. He is insane. Really. But he could easily use those gifts to help out with yardwork that needs to be done around the church. Incidentally, he also LOVES sports. So, he works with sports teams within the church as well as the community. My dad is a total people person. He could talk to a wall. No joke. He could be a greeter! My step-mom loves kids. So does my dad, actually. So they like working in the nursery at church. I like to serve food. No kidding. I am also insane. I love waitressing. I also love teenagers…this adds to my argument of insanity. So my jobs would be maybe serving at a soup kitchen or working with a youth group. See? I may not be cut out for the nursery or the clean-up crew, but I am created, like a puzzle piece, to fill in a hole and complete the picture. We all are. We all have a role no matter how big or small.
A big challenge is taking on a task just to fill a need. For example, when my husband and I got married the church had a coordinator for weddings. We never met the coordinator until we were setting up after the rehearsal. She was grumpy, rude, and a huge pain in the butt. She clearly took on this task because no one else would. She was not cut out for it. She should have said, “no” in hopes to force the better person into the need. She was an ear trying to fill in the position of a nose…or left ring finger ;-)…but just couldn’t do the task. Sure, it probably seemed like the right thing for her to do. She had the time. She had the means. Someone needed to do it. Why not her? I’ll tell you why not her. Someone else would have been way better at the job. There must have been some other woman in that church who enjoyed weddings. Seriously? They found the one woman in the world who hates weddings to be the wedding coordinator!? That’s what happens when you get hands trying to do the jobs of the feet. They get done, sure. But not very well.
So. Go out. Find out what body part you are. Stop making excuses and forcing others to compensate for your unwillingness to serve somewhere. If you love God, then you will love the church because God loves the church. One of the best ways you can love the church is by finding a way to serve. Be the hands, feet, eyes, heart…be something. Find out where you belong! Talk to a friend, a neighbor, a relative, or a pastor! Pray about what God would have you do. Ask Him to make it clear what He has created you to do and SERVE!
PS. This can apply to the non-religious community as well. We all have a responsibility to our world and community. Find a place where you can do community service!