The Upper Room devotional reflection for Friday, July 29, 2022, comes to us from Paula May Scott of Florida.
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body-whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free-and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15 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. 16 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. 17 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? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
1 Corinthians 12:12-20 NIV
4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; Romans 12:4-6 NIV
“All Play a Part”
As I sat in church, my heart was touched by the sight and sound of the handbell choir. Golden bells, lined up from the smallest to the largest, sat upon linen-dressed tables. Behind the bells stood white-gloved choir members, poised to lift their bells on cue from their conductor. With precision, each bell pealed with clarity – echoing throughout the church. Together they rang the most beautiful music I had ever experienced. I felt that God must surely be pleased with joyful noise made “unto the LORD” (Ps. 98:4, KJV).
I felt that God must surely be pleased with this joyful noise made “unto the LORD”
(Ps. 98:4, KJV).
In then occurred to me how much the handbell choir is like the church itself – the body of Christ (see Eph. 1:22-23). The apostle Paul compares the church to the human body and tells us that each member is as important as the others. All play an important role in strengthening and supporting the body of Christ to serve God. And just as the handbell choir needs its conductor to guide them to work in unity, so we need Jesus to guide us. I now understand that however insignificant we feel our part to be, each role is of great importance to Christ. When we complement the work of others using the gifts given us, we make a joyful and pleasing noise unto our Lord!
I particularly appreciate people who are gifted in the fields of music, technology, mechanics, and teaching small children. I am so grateful because I clearly don’t have those particular skills. I pray that I have taken every possible opportunity to praise and thank each of those who offer their service, especially in those areas. I invite you to consider your particular God-given skills and how you work to use them to be of service. I offer you thanks for sharing those talents in service. Are there skills for which you feel that you don’t have special talent? I encourage you to remember to praise and thank those who are sharing their talents in service to God.
Dear Lord, bless us as we serve your kingdom, and strengthen us in our efforts. Give us hearts to encourage one another as we remember that the efforts of all are equally important in your sight. Amen.
---Paula May Scott
Someone Needing Encouragement
Thought for the Day:
Each person has a part to play in serving God.