Fred Titmus was an English cricketer who played for over 20 years from the mid-fifties to the mid-seventies. In the middle of his career he had a boating accident and lost 4 toes. He had to learn how to walk again let alone play cricket again! The toes are incredibly important in learning to first stand and then walk. In the human body nothing is unimportant; God has made us the way that He wants to, with all of the parts of the body working together.
It is, of course, a brilliant metaphor for the “body of Christ” in the New Testament. In both 1 Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4, Paul uses the metaphor to speak of diversity and unity within the church. We’ll make that our focus this week.