“14 Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be 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 cease to be 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 arranged 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 combined the members of the body and has given 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. 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” Every one of us followers of Jesus are essential. Every one of us has been especially gifted by God to fulfill his or her role in the church. We are each called to unite with one another to together be the church in this community. We cannot do it without each other.
We is better than me. There are no super Christians. We all need each other. We’re each better at some things than others, and we’re all a little more shaky in some areas than others. But together, just like God designed it, we are something beautiful that God can use to transform this community! I don’t know about you, but that gets me fired up! We don’t need a ball hog. We need each other. To truly be A Place For Everyone to experience the love of Jesus, find life-giving relationships and fulfill their God-given purpose, I need you, and you need me. That’s the way God-designed it, and that’s what God will bless!