If you’ve ever lived in a community or worked with a large group of people, it can be easy to be faced with challenges affecting others. Having grown up with seizures, it’s affected my life one way or another. Including everything I do and everyone I associate with. I found myself often excluded or restricted from activities and events. This week, God has been challenging me as in what my role is in the community I live, eat and breathe with or even how I can make sure I am a part of it without feeling like I live in a bubble more than I already do.
1 Corinthians 12:15-27
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.
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
There will be times when challenges arises in the church where people need to be restricted in specific parts of ministry. But it doesn’t mean people should not be allowed to be a part of it; unless a specific circumstance calls for one to be. But, even the weakest link of of the group is the most important. There is something God sees that perhaps the world doesn’t recognize. Those who are strong, don’t require as much support because they are already held accountable but the strong pulls up the weak and the weak pulls up the strong. Therefore, each must be able to honor one another, even in times of suffering. No one ever said ministry would be easy but it doesn’t come without the benefit package of entering the Kingdom of God.
Through it all, God is good.