1Co 12:14 For the body does not consist of only one part, but of many.
1Co 12:15 If the foot says, “Since I’m not a hand, I’m not part of the body,” that does not make it any less a part of the body, does it?
In our most basic form, we are all made of the same thing. We are creations of God & are all hewn from the same rock (Isaiah 51:1).
But we do not all function the same.
As Paul outlines in II Corinthians, there is one body but many parts, & each part has a different function. Regardless of the function, each piece of the body is valuable & offers something unique & needed.
Each of us has a calling & an anointing working in us, leading & guiding us.
We see other people being led by the Lord, & because that is the example we have, we think we will look & sound like those people.
But our walk with God is our own, & having a voice different than the ones we hear in our circles is not a reason to silence ourselves.
We need to understand the value of looking different, of speaking new words & doing things in a way dissimilar to others around us.
God operates in new ways (Is. 43:19); His anointing leads us to do new things & brings light to a fresh revelation of His Kingdom.
As we progress in our anointing (I John 2:27), our obligation is two-fold: 1) be open to follow the leading of the Lord, 2) operate in love.
After Paul goes through the different functions of the body & spiritual gifts the next thing he says is: “And now I will show you the best way of all (I Cor 12:31 ISV).” After discussing all of these things about being a part of a body, Paul is now going to show us the best way to operate in them. He saved the best part of the body for last: love.
Out of all of Corinthians the thirteenth chapter is probably the most widely quoted. Love is patient, love is kind… These are not just nice words to be read at weddings but instead they are the means to find ourselves & our voice in the world.
Go back to the verses in Isaiah: Look to the rock from which you were cut. (Is. 51:1)
What is the rock we are cut from? God.
What is God? God is love. (I John 4:16)
How does God operate towards us? “He has brought me to the banquet hall, and his banner over me is love (SOS 2:4).”
You have an obligation to find your voice.
You are a unique creation of God with a purpose & a calling. Just because what you say sounds different from what others are saying is not a reason to doubt yourself.
We like to go with the flow & a voice that brings new information stands in contrast to the other voices.
Maybe you are different. Maybe you’re function & anointing is different than your neighbors.
The body needs every voice; every person who is willing to be led by their anointing.
But what is it that unites all of these different pieces that look, sound & operate different?
“Hi banner over me is love”
The banner of love is not for only some people. You do not have to pass a test to qualify for it; a special anointing is not needed for it.
The banner of love is for us all, it is the thing that unites us. Each part of the body functions differently but we all united under its banner.
When your voice sounds different, when your ideas go against the grain you can feel lost, like you don’t know who you are or where you belong.
But that banner of God’s love is always over us to tell us who & where we are.
We are loved of God & we are a piece of His body.
Not all parts have the same function, but they all have the same banner.
Being different is not a reason to doubt yourself & stay quiet.
Your voice, the things you say & do that are different, are needed.
No matter how different or new your voice may seem, when you use it under the banner of God’s love you are where you are supposed to be.
Do not step back, do not be silent.
We are all made of the same material. We are not all the same pieces, but we are all under the same banner.
Find your voice.