“For it is from the head that the whole body, as a harmonious structure knit together by the joints with which it is provided, grows by the proper functioning of individual parts to its full maturity in love” [Ephesians 4:16, PHILLIPS].
There are many parts to our bodies with some parts having more visible and seemingly important roles, compared to other parts such as the soles of our feet. Often we tend to give more honor and attention to the more visible parts, at the expense of the less visible parts. However, this leads to us failing to realize just how important these unseen parts are, in the total functioning of the body. This is what Apostle Paul meant when he referred to “every joint supplies” [Ephesians 4:16, KJV].
This month, I had the privilege a being a part of a team that organized a wedding with more than 400 people. Right after the wedding and as we cleaned, I started feeling a burning sensation under the soles of my feet and when I tried to walk, my legs would give away. When I finally sat and elevated my legs, so as not to put any more pressure on my feet, others noticed that my feet were swollen and the soles of my were red. In the past 3 days of prepping for the wedding, it never crossed my mind the wear and tear that was happening to the feet, while I focused on ensuring that the other parts did not experience that. The feet which didn’t seem important before, now made it impossible for the legs to support the rest of the body.
Have we considered the impact that those who don’t seem important play in our companies, churches, family and other institutions? While we spend time and accolades on those who seem to consistently be in the limelight or forefront, we tend to forget those whose unseen and unheard efforts make it possible for others to shine. Think about the cleaners who clean and make the places we go to habitable and pleasant for us. Think about the administrators at workplaces who ensure that things are running smoothly in the background while the CEO gets the praises. Think about the members of the choir whose backing allows the soloist to shine. How about the household who ensures to the day to day functioning of many homes, which allows the madam of the house to attend to more “important” things. Yes, it is known that those in the forefront tend to get most backlash when things also go wrong. However, we must not neglect the role that others also play in making sure things work out for the good of all.
This is why we must take heed to care for every part of the body of our families, churches, corporations, societies etc equally, to ensure that the body is healthy. This is important because “those parts of the body which have no obvious function are the more essential to health: and to those parts of the body which seem to us to be less deserving of notice we have to allow the highest honour of function. The parts which do not look beautiful have a deeper beauty in the work they do, while the parts which look beautiful may not be at all essential to life!” [1 Corinthians 12:22-24, Phillips]. If we take care of these members just as much as we take care of the seemingly important ones, then it removes the need for competition and self-serving attitudes which then cause the whole body to suffer. Subsequently, when the whole body suffers, it is unable to function optimally or at all, causing a ripple effect of loses.
Everyone is important and in the eyes of God everyone has something to offer. Apostle Paul reiterated this when He said, “I want you to think about how all this makes you more significant, not less. A body isn’t just a single part blown up into something huge. It’s all the different-but-similar parts arranged and functioning together. If Foot said, “I’m not elegant like Hand, embellished with rings; I guess I don’t belong to this body,” would that make it so? If Ear said, “I’m not beautiful like Eye, limpid and expressive; I don’t deserve a place on the head,” would you want to remove it from the body? If the body was all eye, how could it hear? If all ear, how could it smell? As it is, we see that God has carefully placed each part of the body right where he wanted it” [1 Corinthians 21: 14-18, MSG].
So, don’t let anyone make you feel less than what God made you to be because you happen to be the soles of the feet. Know that you have the ability to make the whole body collapse if you choose to. So square your shoulders up and function in your God-given purpose, knowing that “every joint supplies”.