To Each His Gift, To Each His Purpose

Most people in life, especially the younger generations, search for purpose and meaning in themselves. “Be yourself” is constantly shouted from the world, but few, even those who say it, have any idea of what that is or who they are. We want to be a part of something great, yet we are told to work in and of ourselves. And all that we are taught is that we are from nothing, live for a dying world, and die as nothing. God, however, calls us to a bigger purpose. God made us special, God made us unique; and He tells us that because of our individuality, we can share in a bigger calling. Not on our own, but with the community of believers.

But in fact God has arranged the parts of 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 is it, there are many parts, but one body.

~ 1 Corinthians 12:18-20~

This well-known chapter says that we are each a different part of the body, which is Christ, and each part has its own purpose. Christ has made us each the way that we are so that we can serve in the way that we are called. We each have our talents and gifts because God gave us them so we could use them. Yet He did not make us so that we worked on our own, but to work as a functioning unit with Christ and the Church, His people. This is to say that, like a body, if the foot were alone it would not be able to go anywhere without a leg. If a body had all but eyes, it still would not be able to see. And without the bones, skin, and muscle to hold it together, it would be nothing. In this way, each of our gifts are a benefit to others, not just for ourselves. Without Christ, we would have nothing to unify us and our lives would be nothing. So when we look for a purpose in life, we should remember that God has not called us to work alone, but as a community with and for Christ.

~ Rose

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