Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. 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. 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. 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? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body . . . . Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (1 Corinthians 12:14-20, 27)
Just imagine what it would be like if you had three eyes but no nose, or what if you had five ears but no mouth. Besides looking rather strange you would perhaps see flowers very well but not be able to enjoy their smell, or hear a train coming but not be able to warn anyone! How important it is to have all the parts of our body just the way they are as Paul describes in the verses above. God has arranged the parts of our body in just the right way so that there is the perfect balance between the five senses, arms, legs, and the rest of the body.
The same is true in the church. Here at St. John’s, God has placed a variety of people with different gifts. I haven’t been in Sleepy Eye long, but I have seen a diverse group of people – each with their own gifts and talents. The Lord planned it this way. He brings people into the church with the perfect mix of skills so that his work, the work of the church, can be accomplished.
No, not all of you can be an ear or an eye, but all of you are important, all of you are needed, all of you can help as we grow and carry out the work our Savior has given us. May God grant all of us the ability to recognize and value the unique gifts he has given each of us.