7/25 1 Corinthians 12:22

22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable . . .

Paul had addressed the factions that form when people boast of following one particular teacher. The old nature within us tends to take pride in differences, as if we are the only ones who really have the truth. The same type of thing was happening in respect to the gifts of the Spirit.

Paul explained that every gift is essential and the all gifts are dependent on what each gift brings. He related it to parts of the body. If the body only had one part it would be useless. If it is missing a part, it is handicapped. A healthy and effective congregation will have all the various gifts and appreciate each one.

In our verse for today, Paul dealt a blow to those who were prideful of their gift, while at the same time he encouraged those with the more common gifts. Every time I have done a survey of the gifts in a congregation, the gift of helps and the gift of giving seem to be most numerous. Those are the gifts most needed in the everyday life of the church. No wonder God gives more of us those particular gifts. Preaching elders are few, but we don't need to have an abundance of that gift. Whatever gift God has given you is indispensable to the proper functioning of the congregation you attend. Use it to help build up the body and advance the Kingdom. Value the gifts of others as well.

Consider: A body part all by itself is a frightening sight. It indicates there was a horrible accident. We all need to be a part of a local congregation. They need our gift, and we need their gifts.