“At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Ps. 16: 11)
The Basket Case Chronicles #146
“But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him” (1 Cor. 12:18).
In the lines preceding this, Paul has been using the illustration of the human body. The eye cannot hear, the ear cannot see, and so forth. And just after this, in verse. 21, he returns to the illustration again in order to reinforce the point. In the two verses just after this one, he applies the concept to spiritual gifts.
Before getting to that point, however, the center of this verse must be pressed home. The body of Christ has many different members in it, and each one of them is where it is because God has placed it there. “God set the members.” This point is reinforced with Paul’s follow up phrase—“as it hath pleased him.”
Some gifts are up front, as the eyes are. Other gifts are down inside, completely out of sight, like the gifts that the liver has. God has positioned everyone in exactly the right place. God is pleased with that positioning.
Of course in a world where sin has an impact, we do want to learn to do better. But we can never accomplish this by envying the position of another. In other words, an eye should want to see better, and not to hear at all. An ear should want to hear better, and not to smell at all. Each of us should want to be just where God designed us to be, doing a better job in that place.