Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Dangerous Thinking

We all have those days.

Days when we are overwhelmed, thinking that our work is not really going anywhere.

Days when we wonder why we even bother to show up, to keep trying.

Days when we fall into the enemy's trap, struggling, thinking we will just stay in bed because what we do doesn't matter anyway.

Perilous thinking that needs to be renewed, readjusted, relabeled.

It matters to Him.

I want you to think about how all this makes you more significant, not less. A body isn't just a single part blown up into something huge. It's all the different-but-similar parts arranged and functioning together. If Foot said, "I'm not elegant like Hand, embellished with rings; I guess I don't belong to this body," would that make it so? If Ear said, "I'm not beautiful like Eye, limpid and expressive, I don't deserve a place on the head," would you want to remove it from the body? If the body was all eye, how could it hear? If all ear, how could it smell? As it is, we see that God has carefully placed each part of the body right where he wanted it.

But I also want you to think about how this keeps your significance from getting blown up into self-importance. For no matter how significant you are, it is only because of what you are a part of. An enormous eye or a gigantic hand wouldn't be a body, but a monster. What we have is one body with many parts; each its proper size and in its proper place. No part is important on its own.
1Corinthians 12:14-20 Message