At church today the teaching was on Psalm 133 and unity. I have contemplated how the body works the past several years, having been given a mental picture of being a vertebrae. One scripture that stood out today has me thinking once again about the symbolic body and the church body. The word vertebrae had frustrated me for quite some time but it has a way of growing on you. The pressure to be something else such as legs and arms or hands and feet is loosening its grip as I am learning (always in process) to rest in being a support bone stacked up with other bones. I am also learning to better value the other parts letting go of any envy. I can appreciate my weakness in light of someone else's strength. I love how it says the parts cannot say "I don't need you" as all parts are indispensable. Thoughts to think upon; How can we appreciate each of the parts, How can we better understand how to work in harmony with one another and how do we stop pride from letting us be utilized in even the "lowliest" places.
1 Corinthians 12:12-26 "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[c] 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.21 the eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it."