1 Corinthians 12:18-20, 25-27
As it is, we see that God has carefully placed each part of the body right where he wanted it.19But I also want you to think about how this keeps your significance from getting blown up into self-importance. For no matter how significant you are, it is only because of what you are a part of. An enormous eye or a gigantic hand wouldn’t be a body, but a monster. 20What we have is one body with many parts, each its proper size and in its proper place. No part is important on its own….25The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, 26the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance. 27You are Christ’s body—that’s who you are! You must never forget this. Only as you accept your part of that body does your “part” mean anything.
Someone recently sent me an email that had one of the most amazing creations – it was a picture of the “Mona Lisa”. No, I have not lived a sheltered life, and yes, I have seen the “Mona Lisa” many times before. What was unique about this creation is that it was constructed out of over 3600 coffee cups! (see image). Cups were filled with different amounts of milk to create the different tones of the image. Looked at from up close, on a somewhat “flat” level, it simply looks like some poor soul’s “coffee run from hell”. But when viewed from above, it’s a breathtaking image of beauty.
It’s also a beautiful picture of God’s Church – each of us like the various coffee cups, each reflecting a different shade of God’s character and His ability working through us as we bring the gifts, strengths, and experiences He’s given to us into the bigger picture.
How do you see your “cup”?
It’s easy to miss seeing how vital and necessary our “cup” is when we see things from a “this world only” point of view. It’s not until our perspective is elevated that we are able to truly see the significance our part – our “cup” – plays. When we choose to see with eyes of faith from heaven’s perspective, our role suddenly becomes not only clear but we also are able to see the purposes of God as He is living and working through His Church.
Bring your cup.
Position your cup.
Elevate your perspective.
Enjoy the view.