Friday, 18 July 2014

I Have No Need of You

 "I have no need of you", the eye said to the foot. "I don't need you to be able to stand, I can do it on my own. You have no purpose here so you can leave!". The foot hearing what the eye said became very insecure and unsure of his purpose. He was heartbroken by these hurtful words from the eye. The foot made a big decision, he told the eye, "I am leaving" and the eye said, "Good, this is the best decision you have made yet!". So the foot left. When the eye saw something that it wanted, it tried to move but he was unable to. He was stuck in one position, what a tragedy. The eye then realized with tears beginning to flow that I can go no where without my foot.

That is the story of the foot and the eye. It is such a sad story but it is one that is familiar to many people. These words, 'I have no need of you' may have been echoed towards you or it may be a feeling you have on the inside when you think no one appreciates you. The reality is that you are needed. You were created for a purpose and a plan.

But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. And if they were all one member, where would the body be? But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 1 Corinthians 12:18-21 (NKJV)

In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul discusses the gifts of the Spirit and he goes on to talk about the body and it having many members. From verses 18-21, it says that the body has many members but it is still one body. What is this body, you may ask? This is the body of Christ. It is the church, it is His bride. We make up the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-13).

The body has many members which all have a part to play. When each member plays their part, the body functions effectively. Each one of us has a part to play in the body of Christ. We all have talents, gifts and personalities that bring a unique flavour to things. Imagine a world where everyone was the same, that would be boring.

We have been chosen and predestinated by God before the foundations of the world to be holy and without blame before Him (Ephesians 1:4-5, Romans 8:28-30).  We are the workmanship of God created unto good works (Ephesians 2:10). Our existence is to bring glory and honour to God through our gifts and our personalities.

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)

We are needed!! We all play a part in the greater advancement of God's Kingdom. At this time, some may not know the talents God has placed in them but you just need to ask. Ask Him, what He wants to do through you, how He will use you in this time. Don't be like the man with the one talent who didn't invest in it, don't be one who sits waiting on things to be done. Take the initiative, get productive because you are needed.