IHS 1 – Find your fit in the Body

body_of_christOne of my favourite passages in the Bible, at the moment, is 1 Cor 12:12-27 – we are the body! There was a time when I wasn’t so keen on this passage. Perhaps it was because, although I heard pastors preach on the passage, their mentoring and discipleship tended to churn out little copies of themselves. They weren’t really encouraging a ‘body’ but cloning.

A human body is a complex thing. While there are 5 senses, there are 206 bones, about 360 joints, over 600 muscles and over 900 ligaments. The heart pumps blood through almost 600 miles of blood vessels including 300 million capillaries. There are many different ‘parts’ of a body.

A body isn’t just about 1 part, or 5 types of parts. It is about lots of unique individual parts. So when Paul talks about a body, I think many unique parts – not just 4 or 5 different ‘types’. The questions that I most like exploring with people are ‘how do you uniquely fit in the body?’ and ‘What is special about what God has put in you?’

There are a lot of things that go into the unique you. These include your history, your passions, your skills and your training. Most importantly for me is the idea of your personality traits. These are part of you as a result of your responses to your history, your skills and your training.

There are a number of tools that are helpful in understanding your personality traits. These include Myers-Briggs, DISC or the Network course. However the one I find most helpful is Gallup’s Strength-finders. The reason for this is that it treats people as unique individuals and helps people understand the areas where they will grow the most and be most effective or in Gallup’s language – your talents! When we focus on our talents we become more effective and successful in whatever we are doing.

In this series of blogs I will explore the idea of our talents, how they might look in church and help you understand some more about how you fit in the body.

Take a moment to think about what you most like doing? Doing this will be using your talents. Then consider when you feel like time flies. What are you doing then? These things will be related to your talents.

About Nate

I am a strengths coach and Bible teacher. I love helping people find out their talents, how they operate, what is special about them and how they can most effectively use who they are. I also love helping people understand the scriptures and through that come to a better understanding of God. I blog about this on ontoxenos.wordpress.com I'm married and have two young children and together we try to follow what God has for us.

8 Responses to IHS 1 – Find your fit in the Body

  1. Nate says:

    Reblogged this on Ontoxenos and commented:

    This is a post of mine from another blog site. I’m doing a series on that site on understanding people talents.
    I will be reposting these on ontoxenos on tuesdays and thursdays.

  2. mtsweat says:

    Welcome to ChristianBlessings Nate! Great message of the body of Christ’s unique diversity in perfect unity. Many blessings.

  3. ptl2010 says:

    Nate, welcome to ChristianBlessings on this your first blog.

    May the Lord inspire you as you write and post your blogs here.
    May each servant/child of God be encouraged to persevere in His Service.

    We look forward to your blogs as you post them every Monday and Friday
    in the Category of In His Service.

    “19Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He saved them out of their distresses. 20He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions. 21Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men!”…Psalm 107.


  4. Planting Potatoes says:

    good, looking forward to this series!

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