One Body, Many Gifts

by | Sep 22, 2017

One Body Many Gifts I Daily Walk Devotion

The church is one body, many gifts. We are to function as a human body which has multiple parts working simultaneously. Each part serves a role. The church functions the same way, Everyone has a role to play. Not everyone can do the same role, nor can they say another role isn’t needed. We are to be one body, many gifts.

1 Corinthians 12:12-26

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

Unity in the Church

Paul is getting back to his theme of unity here. Not only is there division but people are elevating certain gifts and positions over others. Those who work in the supernatural gifts are more exalted than the person who serves without anyone noticing. We have a way of doing that as humans, create a pecking order and look down on those whom you perceive as below you. Paul comes against that and says that while we all have differing gifts the body only functions if all the parts work together.

Greater Honor

You can’t have a body consisting only of ears. You also can’t say to another part “You aren’t as valuable, so we don’t need you.” In fact, God gives greater honor to the lesser parts. The key is that all the people in the church work in their gifting and work together for the greater purpose, to preach the gospel and see people won to the Lord and then discipled into maturity. Stop all the issues which are tearing the body apart.