As a former personal fitness trainer, I have learned that there are many parts to our body. I was educated in kinesiology. I learned about our muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments. I was trained in how one affects the other and how to exercise them properly.
As a Christian, I have learned that there are many parts to the Body of Christ. When we talk about the Body, we are talking about all Christians.
“It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the Body of Christ may be built up” (Ephesians 4:11-12 NIV).
Each one of us is different and the Body of Christ is not made up of just one part, but of many. And just like our physical body, the Body of Christ is dependent on each part to work properly in order for the whole to function.
Without eyes, the physical body cannot see. Without hands, it cannot touch. Without ears, it cannot hear. The Body of Christ is the same. God uses pastors to pastor His flock. God heals through healers. He uses prophets to prophesy.
Each part works toward the betterment of the whole. We are the Body of Christ, and each one of us is a part of it.
“And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues” (1 Corinthians 12:28 NIV).
It’s important that we know and understand how we fit within the Body of Christ. Some people work well behind the scenes making sure to take care of all the details. Some people work best ministering to others through music and singing. Some people are gifted with teaching children about the Bible. What we need to do is to discover our role in the Body of Christ and use it to the full glory of God.
Finding out your role in the Body is not complicated, but it does take time.