The Body-Part 7: I Have A Purpose

“Visible Invisibility”: Digital Art by Alicia R. Shipe

I don’t know what else to title this writing. There are a few body parts that some believe no longer have a function. I know I did as I was growing up. Then I began studying human anatomy and physiology and found those organs that some believe were for a different time in our history still have a function today. The organs I am speaking of are the spleen, the coccyx or tailbone, and the appendix.

Romans 8:28-30 – And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

Ephesians 1:7-14 – In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. 11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. 13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

Far too often we either believe within ourselves that we do not have a purpose in this world or we believe our purpose is done and we have “arrived”. My belief on this is as long as we are walking and breathing on this earth we have a continual purpose. We may not always know the all-in-all of that purpose but we know we are called to love, honor, and bring glory to the God-Head. We can discuss what that means at a much later time.

For this writing’s purpose I want to take those three body parts I mentioned earlier and share what there functions are. Most of the time we don’t think about these organs when we think about our bodies until they begin to cause issues. However, their functions are just as important as the bigger players (like our heart or lungs) from day-to-day; the same as us individuals in The Body of Christ. You may not be a big known preacher or a preacher at all but your function is just as important as the one in the pulpit or on TV. Do not allow anyone to cause you to believe differently.

The Spleen: The spleen is located in the upper left side of the abdomen between the 9th and the 11th rib. It is responsible for filtering the blood and storing healthy red and white blood cells in the event they are needed for a bodily emergency like blood loss or infection. Seems like a big job to me.

The Coccyx (Tailbone): I have hit my tailbone on numerous occasions in my youth. That is a pain that is worse than your little sister (or brother) kicking you in your 13 year old shins. I always wondered why is it there. What is it’s purpose? The Coccyx is part of the skeletal structure (more specifically it is at the end/bottom of our spine). It is small and triangular. It serves as an attachment point for the tendons, ligaments, and some muscles of our pelvic region. It also helps to support us when we are in a seated position. Doesn’t seem pointless to me.

The Appendix: This organ is still under debate among those with medical degrees. Most of us probably only think of the appendix when it gives us problems or when we watch a show where someone’s appendix bursts. The appendix looks like a worm attached to the large intestine. Recent research says the appendix is a player in our immune system. It is now a theory that the appendix stores good bacteria to help in the digestive process by releasing the good bacteria to fight infections and restore the bacterial balance within the digestive system. Hmmm…that seems important.

I only went over these three organs because they are the three most of us rarely think of until something negative or painful happens with them. In my personal opinion, they are just as viable today as they were in the beginning of creation.

What prompted this writing? Holy Spirit reminded me of an incident that happened many years ago in church on a spring Sunday morning. I am not sharing this story to shame anyone but for each of us to know we ALL have a function/purpose and we cannot afford to believe we deserve to be pushed aside.

There was a guest speaker at the church. All I really remember is that he was a bit loud (that’s saying a lot coming from me). There was a lady that was there and she was sitting behind me. The Pastor acknowledged her at the end of the service because she was well beyond her years but had such a passion for Jesus. I don’t remember what her other accolades were but lots of people began clamoring just to meet her and speak with her. Remember, she was seated behind me.

As the service closed and I was gathering my belongings, people began rushing to the area I was sitting just to speak with this woman. The speaker came to the seat next to me, put his knees on the chair and began speaking with her in a manner I can only compare to how people react to a visit from the Pope. I was blocked in. Not only that but as I tried to get out I said “excuse me” and this speaker did not even acknowledge that I was there let alone that I was stuck. I had to walk through the row and get out near the wall instead of the aisle. This is only one of many incidents like this that I have encountered in my lifetime. There have been more incidents of this nature in my life as a believer than in my life as a non-believer (39 years, 12 as a believer).

I have had to do some serious seeking and searching to learn that I do have a purpose and to have mercy and compassion on those who either intentionally or unintentionally have a part in making me feel otherwise. I have also had to do the work to have mercy and compassion on myself for making others feel that same way.

This writing serves to show that every one of us has a significant purpose within The Body of Christ. Not one purpose is more important than any other. Each and every purpose is equal because without one, another part may fail and then The Body falls ill. I have a purpose. You have a purpose. We ALL have a purpose. It doesn’t matter if others don’t see it. What matters is that we all do what we can to live for God however He tells each of us to for the fullness of the eternal destiny of God’s original design.

Alicia R. Shipe


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