But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Ephesians 4:7
Have you ever assembled a piece of furniture, a large toy for a child, or some other colossal prefabricated building project? Usually, each of these tasks comes with the proper tools and supplies for the job, as well as detailed instructions on how to complete the task.
Some of these jobs are easy, taking only an hour or so. Others, however, may drag on for days, and even then may require a professional’s assistance. Regardless of how difficult the task may be, you can usually depend on one unforeseen realization when you are finished: there are parts left over! Where did these parts come from, and what should you do with them? The world may never know.
Ephesians 4:11-16 portrays the body of believers as a work in progress. Just like your desk, chair, or automobile, the church is comprised of many individual pieces—Christians just like you—who have been joined together into a single, purposeful machine called the body of Christ. In this body, however, there are no leftover parts. Every single piece has a job to do, and each one affects the others. If one piece is not working properly, the entire body knows it and works to correct the problem. This is the joy and safety of being united to other believers.
Thank you, Lord, that I am an integral part of the full body of Christ and that in being part of the body, I find my completion.