Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
Dear God, context is everything. The last half of this paragraph starts with, “Just as our bodies…,” and those verses quoted quite a bit. But the first half of the paragraph is about arrogance vs. humility. In other words, Paul is reminding us that none of us can do it all on our own. We need community. We need partners. We need to be someone else’s partner. We need to be willing to submit to the group so that even if we find ourselves in the role of the body’s head, we can realize that we are still part of the whole and cannot go anywhere without the rest.
Community is so outrageously important as we make our way through life. Of course, the first community you give me is my wife. I metaphorically run into her in our relationship and you use that impact to rub off my rough edges. Children are another important part of that. Parents. Siblings. And then there are friends, coworkers, people in my church. You use all of these people to teach me, humble me, motivate me, direct me, etc. And by me showing up, you can use me in their lives as well.
Father, make me willing to play whatever role you have for me in the body of Christ, and please teach me and sand off my rough edges in whatever way you need. Through my life and the lives of those around me, please accomplish your will and let your kingdom come to earth.
In Jesus’s name I pray,