“For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” (Romans 12:3)

It was some years ago now, when I was being led to transition out of traveling ministry back into pioneering a new church, that God taught me a valuable lesson. I was objecting to this new venture on the grounds of my limitations. I argued with the Lord that while I loved to teach and communicate, I was woefully inept in various other aspects of church leadership and felt that perhaps these limitations constituted a valid objection to my starting a new work.

God’s simple reply to my heart was, “You weren’t planning on doing this all by yourself were you?” In an instant the very truths I had myself preached to others about the value of each and every member of the body came flooding back to me. Of course I can’t do it all! I don’t have to carry a gift for every department in the church, or for every need in people’s lives either. I am only one part of the body.

In fact, again and again, God shows us that we aren’t the whole, but only a piece. We are not the whole house, but each merely a living stone in the house of God, the whole of which comes together when we stand shoulder to shoulder in relationship with God and with one other (see 1 Peter 2:5). We are not the whole body, but merely a member, each designed and gifted by God to do something, but never everything. In fact, you and I are dependent to some degree on the other members of the body for our own growth and edification (see Ephesians 4:12-16).

While our relationship with God is personal and complete, needing no middle man save Christ, we are still members of one another, each supplying through the grace of God what He has entrusted to us for the building up of the whole. So, while you are not everything, you are something – something valuable to the purpose of God. You are a piece to the puzzle, and we need every piece doing its part, supplying is measure of grace, so that the whole is healthy and strong.

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