(1 Corinthians 12:21-31) – We need each other!
One of the temptations Paul speaks to is the temptation to create a hierarchy of spiritual gifts, ordering them from most important to least important.
This is obviously the wrong way to think. Just like the physical body, each part of the body serves a unique purpose and is needed.
Even the ones that WE deem to be dispensable, God deems to be INdispensable.
When one part of the body is hurting, the entire body hurts too. The body’s best performance is impossible without every part working together.
I learned this well a little over 3 years ago when I was diagnosed with an incurable auto-immune disease that affects my large intestine.
Because of it, I wrestle daily with intermittent intense stomach pain, nausea, headaches, fatigue, weight loss and several other things that are worse…
I literally NEVER used to think about my large intestine…now it’s a daily thing, because it’s hurt and not functioning properly.
I have to allocate resources to strong medicines, be considerate of my diet, make sure I sleep enough, exercise enough, don’t get stressed and NEVER take inflammatory drugs.
My point is that when one area is affected, EVERYTHING gets affected.
Even in an area as “insignificant” as the large intestine, where all food passes and many nutrients are gained, the body hurts without its proper service.
Back to spiritual gifts…no matter what gift you have, you are important to the overall purpose of God’s work.
No matter what level of value your church places on you (or that YOU place on you), God has placed immense value on you!
So get to serving! The body NEEDS you! Your church needs you!
Stop devaluing yourself. See the value God has placed on your spiritual gift and maximize your position for the overall performance of the body of Christ.