The body of Christ, the church, is likened in Scripture to the human body; and just as every part of our physical body (seen and unseen) has to be working together to insure good health and optimum function, such holds true in the church. The church is not as healthy as it can be if some of its ‘parts’ are not functioning as God intended, or are not contributing to the whole.
There is a danger in thinking that the pastor or the church leadership are what comprise ‘the ministry.’ This is just not true. While there are the more ‘public figures,’ such as teachers and worship leaders, that is only the ‘skin’ of the body. In fact, the most prominent members of our physical body are parts we have never seen (heart, brain, kidneys, etc.)! Satan’s strategy is often to try and mold everyone into the public figure, which then opens the door for frustration, criticism, jealousy, and a crippled body of believers!
God created the eye to be just that – an eye. He created the ear to be only that – an ear. Here is the spiritual analogy. There are four lists of spiritual gifts in the New Testament: Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:8-10; Ephesians 4:11; and 1 Peter 4:11. At least one of these gifts is given to every person in the body of Christ. They are displays of God’s manifold grace. They are not to be a source of pride, but are to be used to glorify Christ through the building up of His body.
Some have been blessed financially and give to the meet the needs of the saints, while some have a special gift of hospitality. Others make those encouraging phone calls, or send those notes of edification. There are many other gifts vital to the local church body, such as: prayer warriors; those who visit the elderly, sick, or inmates; typists and receptionists; worship leaders; Sunday School volunteers – the list is endless.
The point I want to make is that you – yes, YOU – have a very special place in the congregation where you regularly fellowship. Remember, we are all equal in rank. However, differences do of necessity exist in function and accountability. An ear could never replace an eye, even through a transplant. Likewise, you can only be you!
So, saints, find your gift(s), and prayerfully and diligently use it (them). You’ll find that contentment comes when you use your God-given abilities to serve Him, for “you are the body of Christ, and members individually.”