When I was a young kid, my father came home one day from a store called “The Hairy Eyeball.” I’m not sure what they sold – I’m almost afraid to ask. But my father carried a shopping bag with an image which has stuck with me for 40 years. On the bag was a huge black and white picture of a hairy eyeball. A big eye with lots of hair (this was the 70’s!) had little arms and legs sticking out of it.
This image reminds me of Paul’s comment in I Corinthians 12:17 where he says:
If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell?
But the body of Christ – the church – is not like the hairy eyeball. There is not giant part of the body of Christ and then the rest of the body parts are stuck on but not really that important.
Each of us has talents that need to be used. Why? God has given us gifts to be used “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Eph 4:12)
We are in this walk of faith together.
Together we encourage one another. Together we challenge one another. Together we build one another up. Together we show mercy and pursue justice in our world.
There is beauty in the body of Christ as we look at the diversity of our backgrounds; the diversity our talents and the diversity of our callings – and we see this diversity come together for the purpose of loving God and loving those whom God has put in our path.
There are no giant hairy eyeballs in the body of Christ. Thank God for that!!