There is beauty in the body of Christ. True beauty that is made up of born again believers who come from different backgrounds, raised by diverse parenting methods, various testimonies, and unique gifts.
One year ago, I was able to start a journey with a group of girls that have influenced me more than they will ever know. My time is coming to an end with these wonder women, but the lifelong lessons they taught me I will forever cherish.
Think about admirable women. The ones that brighten up the room with a beautiful smile and an unforgettable laugh. The ones that admit they are not the perfect Proverbs 31 woman, but strive daily to be more like Jesus. The ones that find true satisfaction in the Lord and no matter what storm comes their way, they stand strong on His truth.
I know there HAS to be at least one woman coming to your mind. Women like that are hard to forget! I think of many women in my life who portray these traits. Their presence is one that demands respect, but at the same time is full of grace. She flashes a smile and says, “I’ve been there,” and soothes you with scripture. When you leave women like this, you cannot help but feel renewed.
You want to be closer to Jesus, because she is closer to Him. You want to have a godly glow when you say a simple hello. You want your prayer life to be more than words you say before bedtime. You want to read the Bible in a new light, to gain greater knowledge of the King you serve. You want to be passionate about teaching truth to everyone that enters your path, because it is always at the tip of your tongue.
I am blessed to say that I know women like this. I am lucky to say that some of these women are my dearest friends. I am even more fortunate to say that I work with four amazing women that display these qualities on a daily basis. We have been through a lot together—heartbreaks, engagements, diseases, death, road trips, “spendies,” and lessons about ministry and life. One sweet lesson was how God has designed us differently—beautiful and unique—displaying His image exclusively within our way of doing ministry and living out our faith, yet preaching the same message—God redeems.
Let’s look at 1 Corinthians 12: 21-31:
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.
I absolutely love these sweet sisters, but something that was really hard for me to understand was how different we were. We serve the same God. We have the same purpose. We are made in the same image. And yet I sometimes felt like my way of serving God was not the “right way.” That’s when God stepped in and showed me how wrong I truly was.
We are all designed with different passions, gifts, and talents.
Some of us would rather go hangout with lost people and evangelize, while others thrive in the church discipling those who already know Christ, encouraging as they grow in their faith. Yes, we are called to do both of those things as children of God; however, God uses how He designed us with intentional purpose.
Thankfully, we are not all the same- because how boring would that be?
We are not all apostles, prophets, and teachers. We are not all gifted the same. The spiritual gifts are designed by God to edify the body of Christ. Just as various parts of the human body work together to accomplish the goals of the body, the members of the body of Christ are to utilize their various spiritual gifts to accomplish the goals of Christ for His church. Each gift is to work in unity with the other gifts. God, being the intelligent Creator He is, put “the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.”
Ladies, embrace who God has created you to be in the body of Christ! Admire someone else’s gifts, personality, and talents without questioning your own.
Be secure in Christ, and you will be secure with your sisters in Christ.
Stick together and be each other’s biggest fans—unity accomplishes more. Always, and I mean ALWAYS choose love. “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” This is true beauty. This is beauty in the body of Christ.
“And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
Catherine Brinley is a graduate of Victory University with a degree in Psychology. Catherine lives in Memphis, TN, where she is the High School Girls’ Intern at Bellevue Baptist Church. She is passionate about biblical literacy and showing females who they are designed to be in Christ! She aspires to minister to other ladies (while being raw and vulnerable) as she continues to learn who God has wired her to be. Some of Catherine’s favorite things are her crazy family, anything outdoors, deep conversations, yummy coffee, hot tea, everything sports, five minute dance parties, thought-provoking books, and all things domestic. You can catch her thoughts on life on Facebook and Twitter.