For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. If they were all one member, where would the body be? But now there are many members, but one body. I Corinthians 12:15-20

I am not the whole body; I am only a part of the body. If I am a “hand”, but am trying to not only do the work of a “hand”, but also the work of a “foot”, “ear”, and “eye”, I’m not functioning in the body as God has chosen for me to function.

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If God has chosen for me to serve the body as a “hand”, then He has given me gifts, talents and abilities (skills) according to where He has placed me.

If I am also trying to do the work of a “foot”, “ear”, and “eye”, I have moved away from what God has placed me in the body to do and be. If He has chosen for me to be a “hand”, then He has not gifted or equipped me to be a “foot”, “ear”, or “eye”.

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If I try to function as a part of the body God has not chosen for me to be, I will be working according to my own strength and in time will become tired, burned out and discouraged.

Furthermore, just because God has chosen for someone else to do a specific good work does not mean we are not doing our part if we are not doing what they are doing. Once we know the part God has called us to be in the body, we need to serve Him faithfully in that capacity, being careful not to compare ourselves and our work to that of others. We also need to be careful not to judge or criticize others because they are not doing what we’re doing. They’re not supposed to. They are to be doing what God has placed them in the body to do, not what He has placed us in the body to do.

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God gifts, equips, and appoints within the church body. He decides who will be and do what. We are exhibiting a servant’s heart whenever we faithfully serve God and the body within the giftings and calling God alone has chosen. Whenever we step outside our giftings and calling, we have ceased to serve God and have begun to serve self and man.

“For am I now seeking the favor of man, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bondservant of God.” Galatians 1:10

If God has called you to it, do it with your whole heart. But first be sure God, not man, is the one who has set you apart for that task, service or ministry.

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