I used to think that life was like an abstract painting and I was just some small, insignificant splotch of color thrown onto it. A little green there, some blue splattered over here and now maybe a spot of purple... Nothing really needs to be in any particular place to make the painting work, just a little here and there and voila, there becomes a piece of art.
The more I learn of who I am in Christ the more I discover that life is not this way at all. It is more like a puzzle and I am a puzzle piece. Every piece has its place and if you are missing one you can't complete the work of the puzzle.
We are all members of one body. The body of Christ. We fit together perfectly because God has placed each one of us into a position that not only fits our own needs, but the needs of the greater whole as well. What is your place in God's magnificent puzzle called the body of Christ?
1Co 12:12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.
1Co 12:13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body--Jews or Greeks, slaves or free--and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
1Co 12:14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many.
1Co 12:15 If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body.
1Co 12:16 And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body.
1Co 12:17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell?
1Co 12:18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.
1Co 12:19 If all were a single member, where would the body be?
1Co 12:20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
1Co 12:21 The eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you," nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you."
1Co 12:22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,
1Co 12:23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty,
1Co 12:24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it,
1Co 12:25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.
1Co 12:26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
1Co 12:27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
We all play a perfect part in His body. Whether you have discovered your place in His kingdom or not, it is encouraging to know that we all were made for a purpose.