Each has a Contribution
Paul is concerned that the Corinthian Church understand the necessity of working together. He knows that there can be no lone ranger Christians “…for the body is not one member but many….”
The message for us is that each person has a unique contribution to make in the life of the Church. We cannot all be pastors or elders or teachers, but we all have a place. It takes all of us working together to make up the body of Christ.
Second, we need to remember that our gift or talent is important. No matter how large or small our part is, it is important to the whole.
Third, while we may not accomplish much by ourselves, when teamed with others in the local congregation we can do great things for the kingdom of God.
As stewards of the kingdom we therefore, must recognize the contribution that each person makes to the life of the church. Our gift, no matter what, is important. And with the cooperation and help of others we can make a difference in the world.
—Rev. Terry Maynard
- How would you describe the church to which you belong?
- Paul say the Church is similar to parts of the body . What other analogy could you use to describe the Church? What part would you play in this analogy?
- How many gifts can you recognize in your church and at work?
- Have you ever felt that a member of the church where you worship was trying to be a lone ranger Christian? Did someone enable them to become a part of the whole?
How Do I Act?
- Read 1 Corinthians 12:4-20, 26, and think about the different parts of the body and who might play that role in your church. What new learning did you experience? How do you think it would feel to be an unimportant part of the body? How do you think it would feel to be a visible and important part?
- Take a Spiritual Gifts Inventory. Your whole congregation may benefit from such a survey. It may give you a direction or idea for doing things in a new way. For instance, if your church is filled with those who have the gift of hospitality, you may want to focus on a program that will bring people in to the church through means other than traditional door-to-door evangelism.
- Survey your community or church to find an unmet need. Formulate a plan to involve others in meeting that need.
- Have a photographer take pictures of the various people in your congregation involved in ministry. Make a collage and put it in the fellowship hall or a classroom. Or you might want to make a video or powerpoint of the pictures to use in a special worship service of unity.