1Co 12:12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.
1Co 12:13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
1Co 12:14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many.
1Co 12:15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body.
1Co 12:16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body.
1Co 12:17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell?
1Co 12:18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.
1Co 12:19 If all were a single member, where would the body be?
1Co 12:20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
1Co 12:21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”
1Co 12:22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,
1Co 12:23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty,
1Co 12:24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it,
1Co 12:25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.
1Co 12:26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
1Co 12:27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
1Co 12:28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.
1Co 12:29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?
1Co 12:30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?
1Co 12:31 But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way. (ESV)
Beautifully after these verses Paul a teaches on what love is. Which works so wonderfully with any teaching about how we as Christians should function together.
For truly the Love of God,that is his love in us is the chief motivator for every thing in his name.(Col.3:17) As Christians we also understand that it is not our Agenda we are promoting. So weather all in our local assembly catch the whole of how God would call us to live, we still have needs answer the call to walk as Christ in this world.
One of the things I like about this line of scripture is that it is written with the thought in mind that we are irrevocably one. Because God has designed the body of Christ a certain way that it is at it’s best when we recognize each other who are in Christ. The way I see this verse is that even if we don’t want to acknowledge that we are part of the body of Christ it doesn’t make us any less a part. So that people who are in fact Christian but choose not to be a committed part of a local ‘Gathering’ rob the church and themselves of a fullest of lives in Christ.
God himself has set up the DNA of how each part of the Church should function. In this way even though someone may not have a certain gifting or calling it doesn’t make that one not a part of the church.
In fact I’m finding nowadays that even if I have a gifting to preach and teach that it’s out let may not be in the church that I am committed to. Even during this season I know that God is teaching me to be a better writer so that I can share the Gospel on a blog like this one. And I have a chance to encourage others who have a strong gift to write and give them a platform to develop their gifting.
So what is your place in your local fellowship? Have you ever thought about acting as an intern in children or youth ministry committing for a month or two to get the feel of it to see if there might be a calling there. Or maybe you are good at putting together events. Maybe you could be in charge of supply’s for the church just going out and doing the monthly or weekly shopping that the Pastor of his wife may have been doing. Perhaps there is someone doing double duty in a ministry and you could take a task off his or her hands.
There are so many function even in small home churches that ‘each one’ could fill.
So what about you?
Where are you in the active member groove?
Ready to get off the bench and get in the game?