But God has carefully designed each member and placed it in the body to function as he desires.[w] 19 A diversity is required, for if the body consisted of one single part, there wouldn’t be a body at all! 20 So now we see that there are many differing parts and functions, but one body. 1 Corinthians 12:18-20 TPT
Our society has a way of making people feel insignificant depending on their job. Although today’s passage is about how the church functions, but it can also be applied to Believers functioning in the world. No Believer’s job or position is insignificant. There is a story that illustrates this very well.
There was a quaint little town nestled in the valley at the bottom of a lush forested hill. Near the top of the hill was a spring that filled a natural reservoir, which supplied the town with pure life giving water. The water was so pure and cold that they bottled it and sold it. It was not only good for drinking, but the plants that were watered from the spring were healthier and bigger. The laundry that was cleaned with it was whiter and brighter than any of the towns around this little hamlet. People who soaked in it seemed to have less aches and pains. The town became known for this amazing water and people came from all over to buy this precious resource, to have their wash done and take therapy baths.
Every day the town’s “water watcher” would go up the hill and skim any leaves or dirt that was in the water. He would clean the filters and make sure the pumps were working properly and that the walls of the reservoir were in good shape. At the annual town meeting someone brought up that the town could save money if they would get rid of the “water watcher” job. After all it was that important of a job. So the town agreed and they could use the money for so many other necessary things.
It wasn’t long, before the water wasn’t flowing as well as it had been. The washed clothe were no longer whiter and brighter. It had a funny taste and smell. Instead of less aches and pains, people were getting sick and plants watered with it were dying! Soon, no one was coming to buy the water, have their wash done or for therapy. The town began to fail, people couldn’t pay their bills, buy food or the necessities. They called an emergency meeting to find out what was happening. As they talked they realized the “water watcher” wasn’t there and to their amazement all the problems turned back to the water. But where was the he, they needed him, he had to begin doing his job again ASAP. Then one of the children said he saw him heading up the hill before the meeting started. Why? Because he knew how important his job was, even though people didn’t appreciate what he did, he knew he was making a difference and helping the town and the people in it to become everything God created them to be.
Still feeling unimportant? Think about if you didn’t do what you do. Bloom where you are planted by letting God water you.