Todays reflection comes from Rev Lorette Hinson
1 Corinthians 12:12
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.
I often think it’s a good thing that not everyone is called to be a church minister or an organist, a treasurer, a local preacher or a door steward. Just think of the chaos it would cause!! Everyone would want to preach, play the organ, sort out the finances (if only), or provide a welcome. Nothing else would get done.
Paul reminds us in his letter to the Corinthians that everyone has a role to play. He writes originally to the folks in Cornith about spiritual gifts, reminding them and us that all gifts, talents and abilities are important for use in the kingdom.
For example think of a tool box – a hammer is designed to bang nails in, it’s not much use to sand down a piece of rough wood. A screwdriver is perfect for tightening a screw, but to show that a shelf is completely level we’d be much better to use a spirit level.
Think of the job that you do or used to do. I don’t know about you but I’m really pleased that folks, collect my bins, serve me in shops, will look after me when I’m ill, keep the law, drive long distances, work in hotels, airports, factories, powerstations or are farmers, fishermen or cooks. Every job is vital whatever it is whatever it pays.
Over the last few weeks we’ve seen a number of dogs and cats sitting or lying with their owners whilst Zoom services, Bible studies and meetings have taken place. Now I own two black lurchers, who inevitably are asleep or at least lying down every single time I log into Zoom, every single time. Now lurchers are fantastic at running really fast, only greyhounds in the canine world can beat them, they were breed for hare coursing (I hasten to add that my two only chase squirrels and that’s only because they have learnt to do so from my brothers dog). If I wanted a dog for herding sheep, I’d be much better off with a border collie, although I do know collies who never look at sheep! A dog for rescuing people in the water? A Newfoundland would be perfect. A guard or police dog? Give me a German Shephard. A guide dog? Labradors or retrievers are great. Even dogs have their own working uses.
Perhaps cars are your thing. Now some of you know that I absolutely love Landrovers, I’ve wanted one since I was a teenager (the proper one’s that farmers own) not the new fancy Rangerover’s or Discovery’s. Landrovers are designed for driving across fields, up rough hillsides, through deep water, they aren’t much use for driving fast, for that I’d need a BMW, a Porsche or a sports car. For those with big families you’d better buy a big Volvo or SUV, so even cars have their different uses.
So have a think about what God asks of you, what God wants you to do. Think about were God has called you to work, spend your leisure or retirement. Think about how you fit into Gods kingdom, what part you play in your church. Think about how everyone else fits in. Yes some are called to play up front and public roles but just as important are the roles in the background, doing the jobs that few see, however without those roles, everything else falls apart.
Every tool, job, dog or car has a specific use that cannot be replicated by another tool, job, dog or car and the same is true of you and I. We are different, with differing roles, gifts, talents and abilities, thank God for that and know that we are all part of the one body of Christ.