1 Corinthians 12: Working Together
Again, I want to reemphasize the fact that we do not run this Christian race alone. Of course, God is with us always, but we were also designed to work with other Christians as well. Paul provides one of the most vivid examples of that in 1 Corinthians 12.
1Co 12:14 For the body is not one member, but many.
1Co 12:15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
1Co 12:16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
1Co 12:17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
1Co 12:18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
It is rather obvious that we all have different talents and abilities. It doesn’t mean that we are any less valuable than one another, but what it does indicate is that when we all use them together, the whole is necessarily going to be stronger than any individual part would be.
I think about a braided rope. It is strong because all of the different threads of the rope are brought together as one unit. Individually, none of them are very strong. They complement each other.
We need to remember this in regards to our Christian service. There is value in being a Christian carpenter. There is value in being a Christian grocery store clerk. There is value in being a Christian missionary. The important part is that you are part of the body, and all of us are not going to be like the missionary and go to some faraway place to spread the gospel. However, perhaps our talents need to be used with the people in our office. Maybe we can demonstrate the love of God that way.
We are all talented in different ways, and God knows that. He made us. Therefore, we need to take on the role that we have been given and to the best of our ability.