Happy Sunday! I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend! Today I’m sharing another “Scripture Sunday” post. In these posts, I pick a little piece of Scripture to break down for y’all and relate to my (and hopefully also your) life. If Christianity-related posts aren’t really your thing (no hard feelings!) feel free to continue scrolling through my blog, I hope you find something else you like! I really adore the verses I’m sharing today, to me they’re all about comparison and they’re something I really needed to read this past week. I hope they hit you with the same positivity in which they hit me! Enjoy!
Romans 12:4-6; For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them.
As a teenage girl, I’ll be the first person to admit I compare myself to others all the time. Thought such as “I wish I had her closet,” “I’d love to have her hair,” and “Why can’t I have her GPA?” fill my mind all day long. It’s so easy to forget the fact that we’re not all the same, and we shouldn’t be. It’s also easy to forget that there are probably aspects of our own lives that this “perfect she” wishes she had too.
The really important thing about our differences that I think we don’t remember often enough is that God gave us all certain gifts for His specific purposes. Recently I’ve been reading Romans, one of my favorite books in the Bible thus far, and within Romans 12 I found a few verses that painted such a perfect picture of His purpose for our differences. Verse four says “For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function.” When I read this I really had to stop and think. We, as humans, are like a human body, each part with a different function. Only two arms are needed, so why would God have made us all arms instead of creating eyes, a nose, ears, and fingers? Each part of the body is so incredibly useful and truly a miracle of God’s, even though they’re not all the same. We are created the same way, to be different and useful and miraculous.
In verse five the sentence continues to say “so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” All of our many varying talents, interests, and thought processes are part of Christ’s body and have a purpose in serving Him and spreading His love as a unit. Verse six says “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them.” God thought through each and every one of our lives and by His grace gave us gifts that we specifically would be able to use. The end of the verse, “let us use them,” is one of my favorite parts of this little chunk of goodness. Let us stop dwelling on our desires for other gifts, but use the ones God blessed us with and trust that He must have had a pretty good reason to give them to us.
This week, catch yourself in your comparisons and remind yourself that God doesn’t compare you to anyone. Recognize your own beauty and see the wonders of your own being instead of yearning for those of others. Consider the fact that, like an arm and an eye, you are special and were created for a unique purpose of His.
Thanks for reading! Have a blessed week!