Each Part Matters!

 

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Do you ever feel insignificant?  That you have nothing of value to contribute, or that what you offer is overlooked or disregarded by others?

I have felt that way often and it is so easy to give in to those feelings- to back off and hide away and isolate yourself, to stay silent and remain in the background, to hold back instead of offering what you have.

No matter how strong those feelings are though, they are lies, and we have to fight against them.

The truth is:

  • You matter.
  • You are lovingly designed and created by God.
  • You are unique.
  • You have a part to play for Him that only you can play.

In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul describes Christians as “the body of Christ“.  We are all different parts but we make up one body.  We are not meant to be the same as everyone else.  We are not meant to compare ourselves to others and feel inadequate because we can’t do all that they can.  We are meant to be ourselves, and to play our unique part.

Paul writes that “God has put each part just where he wants it.” and we all need each other.  If you’re reading this and thinking “yes, but I’m too weak, I’m not important, ” then check out 1 Corinthians 12:22: “In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.

We’re not meant to live in a bubble of isolation or self-protection.  We are created to love and serve one another, to rejoice with one another, to mourn with one another and to value one another.

It makes me realise that holding back is not so much humble as selfish.  If this is how God has created me, who am I to say it’s not enough?  Instead I need to accept the person he has made me to be, trust that he knows what he’s doing and play my part in the body so that we might grow together.

“He makes the whole body fit together perfectly.  As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the body is healthy and growing and full of love.”  (Ephesians 4:16)

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I’m excited to be joining today with the first Let us Grow link-up at letuswalkworthy.com  I hope you’ll come and read some of the other posts there.  This is a beautiful community where each part of the body is definitely valued and it is a great place to learn and grow together.

 

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11 thoughts on “Each Part Matters!

  1. I love this you wrote: “You have a part to play for Him that only you can play”. I’ve only recently realized and embraced this amazing truth. Thank you for linking up to Let Us Grow, Carly! You are a blessed part of our community!

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  2. Holding back is safe and safe is selfish. I feel like we have been walking down a similar path. When I think of the word surrender I think of you. That is a good thing because I feel like there are others who are being brave every day.

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    1. It is good that we can encourage each other on this journey. And you’re right- it is about safety and self-protection. I think I’ll be writing more about that this week.

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  3. Hi Carly! I should read this post every day! I feel so uplifted after reading your encouraging words about just getting in there and doing what we are able to do.
    Your line about humility vs. selfishness really was an interesting thought. I never considered my attitude quite in that way before…
    Very thought provoking and supporting!
    Ceil

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    1. Thanks, Ceil. I think I need to remind myself of this every day too! I’m glad you found it thought-provoking. I’d never thought of it like that before either. Have a great day!

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  4. As you know, Carly, I do struggle with those lies. They are hard to fight off sometimes, aren’t they? But your message that He has a part for each of us to play is so encouraging. This verse especially comforts me – “In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.“ Wow! I guess that “most necessary” never really sunk in before. Thank you. Hugs!

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    1. The lies are hard to fight off. I think we need to constantly remind ourselves of the truth. I’m glad that verse encouraged you. You are a wonderful and necessary part of the body of Christ! Hugs!

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