God is pretty smart and very creative. Consider for a moment the design and intricacy of our bodies. Our bodies hum along, performing activity after activity without us having to think about it. And in general our bodies last a long time. If I drove the same truck every day for 50 years it would be absolutely amazing. Yet here I sit, still running relatively well, hoping for another thirty or forty years out of this body.
The vast array of parts and functions that make up our bodies is another example of God’s genius. Each part is pretty indispensable. Imagine for a moment if all of our legs ended at our ankles – balance would be tough. Imagine if we had one eye. We could still see but would have no depth perception. How close is that car?
Apparently there was some squabbling and division going on in Corinth. Paul had to remind them that the gifts of the Spirit are like our body parts – all equally important and all necessary for the body of Christ to function properly. They wanted to elevate certain gifts over others but Paul reminded them that all parts are for the common good. Imagine where the church would be if all had the gift of prophecy but none had the gifts of teaching and administrating and healing.
A modern example of the need for diversity and the necessity of working together would be our praise team. If we all played bass and did nothing else, we would not be much of a band. We need singers and pianists and guitarists as well. Each gift adds to the whole.
Each and everyone of us has gifts. Are you using yours to the fullest? Are you building up the body of Christ with your gifts? Each of us is equally important and specifically designed to play our roles. May the Lord bless you in the use of your gifts!
Scripture reference: 1 Corinthians 12: 12-31