11 Mar Self Talk
1 Cor 12v12-31
The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up only one body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into Christ’s body by one Spirit, and we have all received the same Spirit.
Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part.
Key words / concepts:
Human body, One Body – “somah,” is the Gk. word.
It is used to describe a large group united into a close society.
baptized into – to immerse.
Paul follows this teaching about the Holy Spirit giving gifts and says…”He did something else…HE placed YOU into this Family of God.”
Consider that. The Holy Spirit placed you. You were put INTO the Body of Christ, immersed, by HIS choosing.
different parts – plurality and difference
Paul is stating something incredibly simple for a reason: this young Corinthian church was missing a very simple truth.
They had lost sight of the Father heart of God.
If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not the hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am only and ear and not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? Suppose the whole body were an eye—then how would you hear? Or if your whole body were just one big ear, how could you smell anything?
But God made our bodies with many parts, and he has put each part just where He wants it. What a strange thing a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body.
I want to draw our attention to the narrative:
The foot is talking to itself.
What does that represent to us? SELF TALK
What is the foot saying?
I am not, because…
If I were, I would….
I don’t belong, because I am ______
What is Paul’s response?
That is silly. You are you for a reason, and your differences don’t exclude you, they are part of the unique you.
God made the body…and it was intentional.
- You are unique.
- You are an intentional design.
- You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
What is really going on in this?.
Paul is calling out an incredibly dangerous tendency in humanity:
We will define our value through Comparison
The danger of this is simple…
Comparison causes me to look for similarities in me to the things I am attracted to in others.
It causes me to overlook those things in myself that are unique and different from others.
In essence, what is unique about me becomes the fuel I use to negatively talk to myself.
Comparison is rooted in negative self talk and negative self image.
Comparison will lead us to evaluate ourselves based upon:
how we feel,
how we are received by others,
how the mirror talks to us,
our IG likes,
or the twitter followers we have…
Comparison actually leads me to create a false self in favor of embracing the real self.
Consider what Paul is REALLY teaching here:
How you see yourself actually matters to God.
He put each of us where he wants us….
Why would Paul teach this?
Because our sin nature causes us to miss the Father heart of God, in favor of the Farmer heart of God. We tend to lean towards the, “I am just a number, I don’t matter,” perspective of who we are to Him.
Paul understands that this tendency in us must be corrected if we are to rise up and be the gifted Kingdom people Jesus intends us to be.
Paul understands that comparison will keep us unhealthy…it draws our attention away from the places the Holy Spirit wants to partner with us and bring TRUTH / HEALTH & WHOLENESS.
Consider a simply idea:
My function in the body is linked to how I see myself.
If that is true…we need to get healthy.
“What sorrow awaits those who argue with their Creator. Does a clay pot argue with its maker? Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying, ‘Stop, you’re doing it wrong!’ Does the pot exclaim, ‘How clumsy can you be?’
How did I get past it? How do we get past this dangerous idea?
- We have to learn to adopt the perspective of the Father every time we lean into self loathing.
- We have to refuse to accept the life a broken self image will bring. We have to Rise up, kneel down…find health in His presence.
-Spend time with Him, hearing His voice, creating space for His perspective and heart for you to shape you.
-Spend time rehearsing the truth of the Scriptures
“…I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”