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What to do with the weak, less honorable, and unpresentable?

May 21, 2007

“Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. 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 cease to be part of the body. 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? But in fact God has arranged 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. 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!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 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, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (1 Corinthians 12:14-26)

When each of us were born our parents trusted and had faith that all the parts of our body where arranged properly. They expected our organs to be on the inside, our skin to cover our bodies, the right number of legs/arms/eyes/ears/ and for all the various functions of our bodies to work correctly. Some children aren’t born that way though. They might be missing a limb, have an exposed spinal cord, have an extra organ, or have some part of their body that doesn’t function the way it was designed to work.

God’s word says that the parts of the body that seem weaker are indispensable. We can’t live without them. That goes both for our physical body, and for the church. We need all parts of our body to be strong, and to function to our fullest potential. We need each other, every single person. There are people that feel they are weak, less honorable, or unpresentable. There are people that have been labeled weak, without honor, or unpresentable by others in the church.

When we feel this way we need to cling to God’s word and his promises. In God’s Kingdom those people are treated with special honor, special modesty, and special treatment. In other words, those people are treated as they truly are, special. The next time you feel weak, without honor, or unpresentable, remember that God sees you as special and he chooses to treat you that way!

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