First Corinthians 12 encourages us that we are all essential parts of the body of Christ. You might not see yourself as such, but you are one of the essential puzzle pieces that makes the body of Christ whole. “For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.” (1 Corinthians 12:12)
You are an essential member of the family of God. We meet together regularly in order to stay connected to God’s family and to what God is actively doing. We meet to encourage, exhort, protect and pray for one another. That is why Paul in 1 Corinthians calls us ‘a body’, not many bodies.
Paul goes on to make the point that even though we are all part of the same body, we have a variety of essential giftings and roles to play within that body. He says that if every part of the body was an eye, then how would we hear, and if every part was an ear how would be able to smell?
Are you engaged in using your spiritual gifts for the body of Christ? I hope so, and I further hope that you are connected to the body. An ear cannot do much by itself, on the ground – ask Malchus – a lonely ear makes one irritable. What did Jesus do with a disembodied ear, he reconnected it to the body. Don’t disconnect from the body of Christ but stay connected to Jesus as the head of the church and stay connected to the body – that we all may bear much fruit for our Lord and King.