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Body of Christ 4: Are You the Big Toe?

You might have missed a miracle this morning. You didn’t even need to get out of bed to witness it. You took a breath. (Each day you take 20,000 breaths—about 35 pounds of air.) Your blood pumped. (Your heart beats about 100,000 times every day.) You moved. (Nerve impulses to and from your brain travel as fast as 170mph.)

The miracle of our bodies is easy to take for granted in times of health. We forget the intricacy because it all seems to happen so effortlessly when each part of the body does what it was made to do. If you tried to will your hand to breathe, or your foot to pump blood, it wouldn’t work so well. However, when it comes to moving, your hands and feet are the right parts for the right job. But even then, they don’t work alone—it takes nerves, muscles, bones, brains, etc.

“The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ…we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.” (1 Cor 12:12-13)

We have each been wonderfully made to fulfill a special role in the Body of Christ. Whether you are a hand, foot, eye or big toe doesn’t really matter. All that’s required for you to help others and further the kingdom of God is to be willing to serve–to give others the gifts you’ve been given. Every body part is important. Maybe you’re an encourager–like a behind-the-scenes yet integral red blood cell, carrying oxygen to the other parts of the body. Or maybe you’re a prayer warrior, serving like protective mucus (may not sound glamorous, but did you know your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks to keep from digesting itself?).

Uniting each part is Christ’s Spirit (the human body is about 70-percent water, but in Christ we overflow with living water). We can allow Him to work through us in the individual way He created each of us to uniquely and naturally function in the body. We don’t all have to be missionaries or theologians (imagine a body that was only a heart or all brain). He can use you in your day-to-day comings and goings, just where you are, just as you are… today!

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