A curious old man walked around his neighborhood every day for exercise. On his walk he would go by a vacant lot. One day as he went for his walk, he notices some trucks and people in the vacant lot. They looked like they were getting ready to build something there. As the construction progressed, the curious old man couldn’t help himself and he just had to know what was going on.
So, one day as the curious old man walked he stopped at the construction site and asked one of the men working, “What are you doing?” The man replied, “I’m putting up these walls so the structure will have strength. I use the best lumber and work hard to make sure they are as strong as they can be. Without strong walls the building could collapse during a bad storm.” “Okay,” replied the curious old man and he went on his way.
A couple of weeks went by and the walls were all up as was the roof. The curious old man saw a truck with lots of windows on it and so he went onto the site and asked the driver, “What are you doing?” The driver said, “I’m going to install these beautiful windows in this building. I made them myself from the finest glass available and they are built to last forever. They will really let in a lot of light and make the building look so much better.” “Okay,” replied the curious old man and he went on his way.
Another couple of weeks went by when the curious old man notices a couple of large truck with chandeliers on them. He, of course, wanted to know what was happening so he entered the building where the men were working and he approached one of them and asked, “What are you doing?” The man answered, “I’m installing these beautiful chandeliers. My brother and I made them ourselves from the finest crystal we could find. The light reflecting off the crystal will cast dancing lights all throughout this building and it will make the people smile with joy. “Okay,” replied the curious old man and he went on his way.
Several weeks went by when the curious old man noticed a truck with lots of wood on it. He just had to know what was happening so he entered the building where the man was working and he approached him and asked, “What are you doing?” The man answered, “I’m going to build and install these beautiful benches. I got the best wood I could find and I’ll build them so strong and beautiful that people will admire the workmanship every time they sit on them. They will really make people come to this building just to sit on them. “Okay,” replied the curious old man and he went on his way.
One day as curious old man went past the building, he noticed that it looked finished. As he went by he saw an old lady entering the building with several cleaning items. So being curious as he was, he just had to go talk to her. As he entered the building and approached her he inquired, “What are you doing?” The woman answered, “I’m building a church for God. I’ve been waiting for all the other workers to finish doing their part so I can do my part.” “Okay,” replied the curious old man and he went on his way.
As the curious old man sat at home that night, he thought to himself, “The cleaning lady was the only one that really got it. All the others were so focused on themselves and their individual skills and jobs that they missed the bigger picture.”
The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in 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 it is, there are many parts, but one body.
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 combined the members of the body and has given 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.
1 Corinthians 12:12-26