FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22
“The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you,’ nor again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.’ On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,”
1 Corinthians 12:21-22 (ESV)
INTERDEPENDENCE: YOU NEED THE BODY
Comedian Stephen Wright said, “I hate it when my foot falls asleep during the day because that means it’s going to be up all night.” We all know the feeling of having our foot fall asleep after sitting in a funny position for a while and then getting up and trying to walk. The rest of our body is ready to go but the foot has other ideas.
In 1 Corinthians 12:21 the eye and the head are now comparing themselves to the hand or the feet, and in their own estimation they view their own gifts as being of greater value in comparison to the gifts of others. Yesterday, we addressed the issue of people feeling inferior in the church. Today the problem being addressed is people feeling superior in the church. One member is looking down on, devaluing or denying the gifts of others.
God’s antidote for a sense of superiority is to remind the church that the parts of the body form a unity and they cannot function properly without each other. In Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have A Dream” speech he said, “for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.” The same is true in the church. Our destiny and health as a church is inextricably tied to us working together for the cause of Christ. We need each other.
Here are a few questions to help examine how well we are being interdependent on one another:
1) In this last month, did you share with someone an area of need in your life?
2) In this last month, did you express gratitude to another member of the body for what that person means to you?
3) Would the sign “No Help Wanted” fit around your neck?
4) If someone asked you, “How can I help you this week?” Would you be embarrassed or offended?