This past Monday I was frantically working to get more stuff done around the house when my toe had a collision with the rocker on the rocking chair. OUCH! I looked down, my toe was at an odd angle to my foot. And in seconds it began to grow in size and turn all kinds of colors. How can something as small as a little toe hurt some much?
Since Monday, if I am moving around, my foot is hurting. I am walking with a limp because it hurts to put pressure on my foot. Putting a shoe on is horrible…As I walked with a limp, my leg started to hurt, my back began to ache and on and on and on. By Wednesday evening, I pretty much hurt everywhere…
My little toe has been a constant reminder of many parts of my body. My hurting body…however, if you walked into the room and I was sitting down with a shoe on, you wouldn’t know anything was wrong. BUT, you not knowing it, doesn’t make the hurt go away.
Over the last three days, the Holy Spirit has used my little toe to do some teaching to this ole boy. 1. There are no small parts of the body. I am not often aware of my little toe. But, when it hurts it impacts many parts of my body. 2. You can try to hide the hurt, but that doesn’t make the hurt go aware. 3. Sometimes we must give special care to one part of the body to compensate for the pain and injury.
I know you are a sharp person, so you have already drawn the conclusions that I have drawn. God has made each of His children a part of the body. There are no small parts–one bodily function isn’t more important than the other in the sight of God. As one part of the body hurts, it often tries to hide the hurt from the rest of the body–eventually causing hard to other parts. There are times that one part of the body needs special attention to get it back in tune with the rest of the body.
Does this make you wonder how the local body that you are apart of is doing? Are you a hurting part of the body that is working diligently to hide the hurt? Are you ignoring a body part that you know is hurting? Is God calling you to give special attention to an injured body part? So–what are you going to do about it?
For as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body—so also is Christ. For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. So the body is not one part but many. If the foot should say, “Because I’m not a hand, I don’t belong to the body,” in spite of this it still belongs to the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I’m not an eye, I don’t belong to the body,” in spite of this it still belongs to the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed each one of the parts in one body just as He wanted. And if they were all the same part, where would the body be? 20 Now there are many parts, yet one body.
So the eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” Or again, the head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” But even more, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are necessary. And those parts of the body that we think to be less honorable, we clothe these with greater honor, and our unpresentable parts have a better presentation. But our presentable parts have no need of clothing. Instead, God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the less honorable, so that there would be no division in the body, but that the members would have the same concern for each other. So if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
Now you are the body of Christ, and individual members of it. And God has placed these in the church. (1 Corinthians 12: 12-28, Holman Christian Standard Version).