The Decision Maker

For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.  For the body is not one member, but many.  If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?  And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?  If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing?  If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?  But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.

I Corinthians 12:13-18

When it comes to this matter of Christians all being different parts of the same body, there is one very important thing that we need to understand.  We need to understand verse 18: “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.”

We are not the ones who decide what part of the body we are going to be.  Our hand does not just randomly decide to be an eye.  Our ear does not just randomly decide to start trying to smell things.  The members of our body do not set their own place.  They are set by God Himself.  It is the same with the spiritual body of Christ.

God Himself chooses where He wants us.  God Himself chooses what talents and abilities we have.  We would, of course, be foolish to question Him.  But often we have a tendency to do just that.  “Why can’t I ____?” or “Why can’t I do ____?”  We need to recognize what God has given us and where God has put us and work for His honor and glory.

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