One Body, Many Parts

1 Corinthians 12:12

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.

The body is a great illustration for the church.  It is even referred to as the body of Christ often.  It is a living organism that is comprised of many very different parts.  As a living organism every part is valuable and most are vital to its survival.

Just as the heart is very different from a finger so too you may be very different from the 20-something-year-old who wants a contemporary service or the 80 year old who wants to keep the organ in the church.  But both have their place in the body and the body would suffer without either one.

Our gifts make up one part of the church.  We are not the whole.  We need the church as much as the church needs our gifts.  But we need to realize that others in the church have gifts as well and they must have the chance to use them as well.

It is natural to place an importance on whatever your area of gifting is.  If you’re gifted in teaching, you’re going to want a strong teaching ministry.  If you have a passion for missions, you’ll want to see the church be active with local and international agencies.  But neither of these areas should be emphasized at the expense of worship or service or whatever other people are gifted in.  The church needs all areas of giftedness every bit as much as the body needs all of its parts.

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