Daily Archives: October 25, 2018
It is love, not knowledge, that forms the basis of Christianity. Paul wrote letters to the church at Corinth to emphasize this point and lead the Corinthians back into right relationship with God and others. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
1 Corinthians 12:12-29
Unity and Diversity in the Body
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 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. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
15 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. 16 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. 17 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? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
21 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!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 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, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.
Be a Big Toe | Marianne Toovey
1 Corinthians 12:12, 27
One year in elementary school, the grade below me put on a presentation about how every body part is important. Each kid in the class identified a body part and explained its usefulness. When one boy stepped forward and proudly announced his part was the big toe, the entire school audience erupted into laughter. A big toe? Really? Surely there are much more useful body parts he could have chosen to feature! But come to find out, big toes are why we can stand, walk, run, jump, etc. We couldn’t perform those basic skills without that tiny little body part that everyone laughed at. Every body part we have is important. Every body part has its role and its place within the body. In the same way, each individual Christian is important and has a place within the Body of Christ.
I look around me and see people capable of so much more than I am. Accomplishing greater things than I can even imagine. It’s easy to fall prey to the lie that I’m not good enough, not useful enough, not important enough. Why am I even here? Surely there are much more useful Christians to feature! But if the big toe serves such an important purpose, so can I! I need to switch my outward focus upward. Instead of worrying about how much better other people are than me, I should be concerning myself with how best to use the gifts and talents I have for God’s intended purpose. That can be my contribution to this Body!
Father, thank You for all You’ve given me that makes me “me” and proves my importance in Your kingdom. Please help me to utilize those gifts properly and wisely. Help me not to be concerned with what those around me are doing and just focus on my journey with You. I pray this Body stays happy, healthy, and strong and that it brings You honor and glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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