I was reading 1 Corinthians 12 this morning and saw this text in a new way. Verses 17-20 say, “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.” I have always looked at this passage from the perspective of the church. We need to be involved in the corporate body of believers and to use the gifts and talents God has given us. What came to mind today however, is how this truth would look on the personal level. What does God want for our individual lives as believers?
One of my favorite things is to share life with women. I count on them to encourage me and to hold me accountable, just as I do them. When I reflected on this verse it made me think about the women of influence in my life. Do the women around me reflect the full body of Christ or are they only women just like me? It might be more comfortable to be a room full of women with similar attributes, but is that the way God intended us to live? We need women who have different strengths from our own so they can give us godly advice from a vantage point that we might not be able to see.
For example, if you are a married woman with small children you will seek out friends who are married with small children. It’s important to have people that can understand our daily trials, but there also needs to be women who are not the same as you. The woman with no children or perhaps a woman that has never married can pour into your life in a way women similar to you are not able to do.
Evaluate the women you have in your life and see if there is a balance. While your close friends will be more like you, be sure you also have friends with different life skills and experience. You will discover they enrich your life and give you a better perspective on God’s Kingdom. There are many parts, but one body. Use this week to seek out and enjoy the full body of Christ.