A Hand Ain’t Nothin’ Without Fingers: The Body of Believers

Throughout our many devotionals, you have often heard me reference that we all have gifts placed inside of us by God. This not only refers to physical gifts like artistry but also spiritual gifts like wisdom. You have also heard me say that it is important for us to not sit on our gifts but exercise them for the glory of God, because our unique talents harmoniously work together in the furtherance of God’s kingdom. Finally, you have always heard me use the terms “body of believers” and the metaphor of the “body of Christ.” Today we will take a more intimate look at the origins of terms and the true essence of what they mean. This brings us to our key text coming out of I Corinthians 12:4,14 — 20,27 (KJV). The word of the Lord reads:

Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit….14 For the body is not one member, but many. 15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? 18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. 19 And if they were all one member, where were the body? 20 But now are they many members, yet but one body….27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

Paul is informing the church at Corinth that as members of the body of believers, they comprise the body of Christ. Furthermore, each person’s individual functionality is essential to the body of Christ functioning at maximum potential. No one’s gift is more important than anyone else’s, and no one has a pointless gift. Furthermore, do not try to do your job and someone else’s, too. That has the same effect as not doing your job at all. If you are a finger, be the best finger you can be, and remember that the hand is nothing without you. If you are the head, be the best head that you can be, and remember that you aren’t much without eyes. Let us cheerfully serve in the areas the Lord has given us, and may we strive each day to find a way to use our gifts to His glory.
Have a blessed day!

Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments: a collection of poetry and short stories available soon on Amazon.com. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Facebook and Twitter. To have your original poetry featured on Your Black Poets, click here.


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