essential but ignored

May 2016 (6)

1 Corinthians 12:20-22

1Co 12:20 There are many parts, but it is one body.
1Co 12:21 That means that the eye cannot say to the hand, “I do not need you; nor the head to the feet, “I do not not need you.”
1Co 12:22 But the existence of the parts we think of as weaker is more necessary than we think.

essential but ignored

Paul addresses the Corinthian tendency to over-stress and over-utilise some prominent ministries to the exclusion of others. They were apparently at the point where they doubted the usefulness or necessity of those less than prominent gifts, and undervalued the believers who presented those gifts.

Paul used the body and body parts analogy to show that all the gifts are significant, because the whole body belongs to the Lord. Just like under the Old Testament sacrificial system, those with lesser gifts to present had their day at the temple as well, so every believer has his or her ministry. The important thing is not the size of the gift, but the target of the gift. He gives us gifts, so that we can present them to him.

LORD, thank you for those whose gifts are less prominent, but who still give you their best.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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