Today’s guest blogger is Emily Duffey. While Emily has moved on to other employment, her desire for biblical counseling remains strong! She will continue to guest post here from time to time. 

“Listen for the parts—you’re not in this alone!”
I’m in a choir at our local seminary. The director
stated this comment today during rehearsal. While we all can sing and
contribute individually, it isn’t about hearing the individual members in a
choir—it is a cohesive, unified sound that comes together as one. Regardless of
how beautiful a voice you have individually, to go off on your own and sing the
way YOU desire will ruin the desired end result. When you are more concerned
with your contribution over the integrity and sound of the group as a whole, you
no longer are adding to the choir. A lot of work is put into matching vowel
sounds, pitch, dynamics, matching constantans, entrances and cut off points…
the second you abandon the direction of the choir director for your own
preference, you have compromised the integrity of the piece and your actions
reflect on the choir as a whole. While there is no “I” in team, you can
rearrange the letters and come up with “me.” When you abandon your part of the
group to seek out “me” in the midst of “team” you have compromised the whole.
This brought a passage to mind—1 Corinthians 12:
20
But now there are many members, but one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the
hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I
have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, it is much truer that the
members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; 23 and those members
of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant
honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable, 24
whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so
composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, 25
so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the
same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer
with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. 27 Now you
are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.
[1Cr
12:20-27 NASB]
As individual members of the body of Christ we are
called to use our talents and gifts for the good of the body as a whole. Are
you blessed with a voice? Sing. Are you a gifted teacher? Seek to teach. Are
you good working with your hands and fixing things? Volunteer to help take care
of the church building. We are all uniquely gifted by the Lord for our own part
to make up the body. However, once the individual members begin to value their
own role as more important than another, you have violated the passage of
Scripture quoted above. Your individual talents or abilities do not take
precedence over the group. On the same hand, it is wrong to selfishly keep your
talents and abilities to yourself. So where’s the balance?

“Listen for the parts—you’re not in this alone!” Be
sensitive to the needs around you—and once you’ve done your part, step back to
help another shine. Do your part to add to the cohesiveness of the group, not
cause yourself to stand apart and seek your own glory. 

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