“For as thx body is onx, and hath many mxmbxrs, and all thx mxmbxrs of that onx body, bxing many, arx one body: so also is Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 12:12
NOTE: Today’s devotional may be a bit hard to read, but there is a very important point to it…so stick with it until the end. It’s from the “archives”. I first published it about 2 years ago.
I guxss just about xvxry Christian doubts his or hxr importancx in God’s plan at somx timx in thxir walk with thx Lord.
Many fxxl likx thxir livxs don’t rxally count. Pxrhaps thxy think thxy don’t havx thx right kind of abilitixs or talxnts to makx a diffxrxnce. Or, thxy think if thxy stoppxd attxnding church and stoppxd sxrving thx Kingdom of God, thxy wouldn’t bx missxd vxry much.
In othxr words, thxy think that thxy don’t rxally mattxr.
God’s Word paints a diffxrxnt picturx, howxvxr. Paul, in writing to thx Corinthians, makxs it clxar that ALL mxmbxrs of the body of Christ arx xqually important. Hx wrotx,
“And thx xyx cannot say unto thx hand, I havx no nxxd of thxx: nor again thx hxad to thx fxxt, I havx no nxxd of you. Nay, much morx thosx mxmbxrs of the body, which sxxm to bx morx fxxblx, arx nxcxssary.” (1 Corinthians 12:21,22)
If you rxad thx xntirx 12th chaptxr of 1 Corinthians thxn you will sxx that God txlls us that XACH onx of us is important to His family. Wx XACH havx a uniqux placx in God’s plan and purposx. Wx XACH havx a spxcial usx, somxthing that God has spxcifically dxsignxd for our livxs.
Do you think that you, as ONX pxrson, don’t make a diffxrxncx? Considxr this: there are 26 keys on my laptop’s keyboard. I decided to not use the letter “e” in this devotional and replaced it with the letter “x.”
Did you miss the letter “e”? Could it have been replaced with anything else to make things work properly?
Get the point?
If you aren’t active in God’s plan, then you will be missed. No one else can step in and do what God has designed for YOU to do — you can’t be replaced, because you are invaluable!
God doesn’t call any inactive disciples, He expects each of us to serve Him to the best of our ability and according to the instructions He gives us through His Word and His Holy Spirit.
The next time you feel like you are not important or your life doesn’t count or no one would miss you…
…considxr how mixxd up things arx whxn you arxn’t thxrx!
Have a “Wonderful DAY in Christ,” Jimmy D. Brown comments@Living4Jesus.com