Friday, June 8, 2012

Sermon Notes



-A Puzzling Picture


Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

Now if the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason stop being 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 stop being 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 placed 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 put the body together, giving 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 12:12-26 (NIV)


A few weeks ago, I was blessed to attend a youth group with some of the sweetest people I know. The pastor was going through one of my favorite passages in 1 Corinthians. As he read the words above, I began to see a picture. Not just one of a physical body with many different members, but a different one. In fact, I thought of this passage in a way I've never thought of it before. I thought I would share it with you...

"....The body: Its just like a puzzle. There are thousands upon thousands of different pieces of this puzzle. No two are alike, but although they have differences, their differences are what make them fit together. Its important that all of the pieces accept each other..no matter their color, size or shape. If one piece rejects another, there's a whole in the puzzle, and the full picture cannot be completed.

* Don't reject other believers

*Be content with the part God has given you

One pieces of the puzzle should not desire to be the shape of their neighboring piece. Then they will leave their own spot empty. Another hole. God has selected us--Hand picked us for the part we are to play. He's flawlessly molded us to fit right where we need to be--and when we're content with how we've been made, when we don't reject other believers who fit right along side of us, only then will our picture--God's picture--will be completed and perfect.

2 comments:

  1. Amen to that! It's true that we can easily be discontent with our place in God's Kingdom but we also have to watch out for rejection of others that can take root in our hearts.

    Keep searching and studying the Scriptures my friends. God bless you greatly.

    (Sofia, I think I know the youth group in 1 Corinthians you speak of haha.)

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    1. It is very true, and thanks! Yes, I suppose you do know the youth group I was speaking of. I have been enjoying the meeting there, and hope to make it back this week.

      ~Sofia

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